The Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) cordially invites you to the screening of the film :
Mapping place narratives: Beyhum Street
Rasm Kharitat Share3 Bayhum
Directed by Nadine Bekdache and Juma Hamdo
on 16 September 2014, 7 pm at the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB)
The film directors Nadine Bekdache and Juma Hamdo will be present.
An image that depicts a futuristic representation of a neighborhood in Beirut is used as a tool to instigate conversations with the current residents of one of its re-imagined alleys. The urban fabric of Beyhum Street has been organically developing since the end of the 19th century, and part of this alley has been continuously inhabited since the 1940s. It is both a place of residence and work (small industries, crafts, shops).
A number of adjacent plots within the alley now make up a huge construction site for a residential tower. Depicted in the futuristic image as complete and ready for habitation, the scale of the building - besides being unrecognizable by the residents -begs for answers as to what it replaced and how it became a reality. Screened in Video Works 2014