Review – “Film Ameriki Tawil” 36 Years Later


Last night was the avant premiere for the highly anticipated Film Ameriki Tawil and I had the privilege to be among the attendees. Needless to say, it was really awesome to finally see the original footage of this play since I have always enjoyed listening to this masterpiece by Ziad Rahbani on the radio!

As in the case with Bennesbe Labokra Chou, M Media did a fantastic job by reconstructing several old videos in order to create this movie. However, unlike last year’s end result, Film Ameriki Tawil has a better image quality, looks much smoother thanks to the use of fixed cameras during the original recording, and has an almost consistent audio level and quality. So if you felt annoyed by the shaky image in “Bennesbe Labokra Chou” then I can guarantee this one is much more better and has much better scene transitions. In my opinion, this movie does more justice to Ziad Rahbani’s work than the previous one.


As far as the acting is concerned, I believe I would be stating the obvious by telling it was impressive. I mostly loved the authentic performance by Joseph Sakr, Ziad Abou Absi and Rafik Najem. Watching Sakr singing three time during the play/movie was alone a treat for me! So, to make a long story short, I highly recommend you go watch it and take older people like your parents with you because they’ll definitely get some good memories and laughs back! The official release date is set for October 20th, and for those who would like to get a sneak peak of it I have shared a beautiful video on Facebook of “Raj3a bi iznillah” with the whole cast dancing to it. (link)

However, as I recommended last year, do yourself a favor and delay booking your tickets a bit, Ziad’s diehard fans will naturally attend the early screenings and my opinion about them still stands, they’re annoying! One guy was sitting behind us last night and almost recited the whole scenario while the movie was playing.

On another note, I have a good new to whoever missed watching Bennesbe Labokra Chou last year, the guys from M Media will soon be officially launching their streaming service which will allow you to watch their productions for $5 per month (think of it as a Lebanese Netflix) and that includes Bennesbe Labokra Chou which will also be available for watching on their website.

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What’s All The Fuss About Automotive Inspection Fee Hike?


Have you ever been through the horrible experience of taking your car to one of the “mecanique” inspection centers in Hadath or other areas? The last time I went there 2 years ago I spent 6 hours there waiting in endless queues. The whole experience makes you pray for your car to pass the inspection not because you hate going to your mechanic, but rather because you want to avoid wasting another day over such silly task!

A while ago, it was announced that a new company called Autospect won the bid for running the existing inspection centers, and that part of its plan over the next year is to increase the number of inspection centers from 4 to 17 across the country which will help reducing the time needed to go through the inspection to 15 minutes, with the possibility to book your appointment online. This however will be at the cost of increasing the current fees from $22 to $33 out of which $5 are a new government tax.

Next thing we know, public transportation drivers started protesting the price hike by closing vital roads around Beirut every week or so. Disregarding how much I hate it when a group of people start blocking streets to make their points, I found their protests to be utterly weird.

Out of all the fuck ups in our country, this $11 or 16,500L.L  increase is seriously the reason why these drivers are wasting their precious time to organize these protests? I bet each and every one of these people earns more than that amount per day, but given how sensitive they are about such increase, how on earth can they afford sacrificing their income by going to such all day protests?

I personally think it must be one of two things, the protesters are either not public drivers but rather people who for some reason believe the new developments are not of their interests, or the transportation unions are simply controlled by some influencing figures/businessmen who didn’t win the bid.

Either ways, whoever is willing to reduce the inspection time to 15 minutes can take my money because I’m tired of finding a “simsar” each time I have to take my car to the Hadath center! Protesting against such progress is ridiculous, and no please don’t demand for the government to handle the inspection process instead!

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Banque Libano-Française is Getting a Cool New Headquarters in Saifi


Earlier this year Banque Libano-Française launched a competition to build their new headquarters in Saifi and at the end of the selection process it was announced that Norwegian-American studio Snohetta won with their “Magic Box” design.

The design looks cool and I thought it is worth sharing since the new building will be a landmark in the area. The chequerboard-pattern facades look nice, but what stand out are definitely the plant-covered terraces carved into the roof and walls of the building.

Regarding the exact location of the project, the competition page shows it will be built on a piece of land opposite to the Lebanese Emigrant statue.





Photos via Design Boom

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – October 5th 2016


Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. Wine lovers should definitely go to Vinifest which is taking place at Beirut Hippodrome from October 5 to October 8.

  1. Vinifest 2016 – Lebanon Wine Festival
  2. Beirut International Film Festival 2016 – BIFF
  3. PechaKucha Night Vol.26
  4. ‘Swiss Army Man’ Exclusive Film Release
  5. GAME DAY for Himaya
  6. Afternoon high tea with Japanese flute at The Blue House
  7. Fundraiser for Recycle Beirut
  8. From Home to Home: Donate clothes, Shoes & Blankets
  9. Seedstars Beirut
  10. Harmony 10th Anniversary – Open House

Make sure to check for much more options.

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – September 28th 2016


Here my picks from Lebtivity for this week. Many cool events are taking place over the coming few days including the Red Bull car park drift which I recommend you do not miss this Sunday.

  1. International Craft Beer Fest at Colonel Beer Brewery!
  2. The Secret Language Of Love And Dating
  3. The Silent Echo – Contemporary Art Exhibition in Baalbeck
  4. Mix N’ Mentor Beirut 2016 – Marketplace Edition
  5. Exhibition | Let’s Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis
  6. Break-Free from emotional eating
  7. La Folle journée Street Art !
  8. The DNB Project Live at Metro
  9. Beirut Restaurants Festival
  10. Oedipeجماعة بلا ت – Theater Play by Atelier du JE
  11. Speed@BDD Batch III Launch
  12. Paper Recycling Workshop
  14. Red Bull Car Park Drift Lebanon 2016
  15. Pain Free Workshop with Jean Shaar

Make sure to check for much more options.

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Lebanese TV Stations and Copyright Basics


Most Lebanese TV stations have been uploading their content to YouTube for a while now, and I’m personally glad they do because I rarely manage to watch programs on time. My wife and I usually put my little kid to sleep and then start watching our favorite shows starting 8:30 or 9:00PM, including anything interesting we might have missed on a Lebanese station thanks to YouTube.

However, I’ve been lately noticing that those in charge or maintaining the YouTube channels are sometimes uploading every show the stations are airing regardless whether it was produced by them or not. For instance while it is normal for LBCI to upload their news reports or Nharkom Saiid for example, I don’t think it’s ok for them to upload a series they bought from some production company because they don’t have the right to redistribute it.

Yesterday for example I was going through MTV Lebanon videos and noticed that they have every single episode of “Metel El Amar” series on their YouTube channel even though it was produced by Marwa Group (link). On the other hand, LBCI have episodes of “Shaware’ Al Zell” (produced by Phoenix International) on their channel.

I know there’s no way to compare but imagine some European TV channel uploading Game of Thrones episodes the minutes they finish airing them, that would piss HBO off big time… And in case you’re wondering, I personally don’t respect copyright laws as I get most of my movies and series from torrent websites, but I was just thinking that TV stations should be more responsible about such things.

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11 Lebanese in The Top 100 Arab Business Women for 2016


Forbes Middle East recently released their list of the 100 most powerful businesswomen in the Arab world for 2016 and the below 11 Lebanese women made it to the list this year, with Lubna Olayan from Saudi Arabia topping it. (link)

#55 Sana Khater, CFO – Waha Capital

#57 Randa El Assaad, CEO – Arif & Bintoak Consulting Architects and Engineers

#58 Mona Bawarshi, CRO – Gezairi Transport

#60 Hala Fadel, Partner – Leap Ventures

#61 Nour Sweid, Partner – Leap Ventures

#66 Ingie Chalhoub, President – Etoile Group

#69 Christine Sfeir, CEO – Treats Holding

#82 Nadia Cheaib, Founder, CEO – ClinServ International

#83 Caroline Fattal Khoury, Senior VP; Board Member – Fattal Group

#92 Myrna Soufan, COO – Banque Bemo

#97 Jinan Zoya, General Manager – Gulf Family Business Council

I’m personally mostly familiar with Christine Sfeir as I follow her on a couple of social media platforms and she seems very down to earth.

On the other hand, Forbes Middle East also released a list of the world’s top 10 most powerful Arab women and 5 Lebanese women were mentioned in it with number 1 being Nemat Shafik from Egypt. (link)

#2 Amal Clooney, Lawyer – Doughty Street Chambers

#3 Nayla Hayek, Chair Swatch; CEO – Harry Winston

#6 Rula Ghani, Afghanistan’s First Lady

#7 Reem Accra, Fashion Designer

#8 Aya Bdeir, Founder, CEO – Little Bits

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – September 21st 2016


Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. I’m mostly interested in attending Meen’s new album launching tonight as I love their funny and sarcastic songs!

  1. Burgerfest 2016 – Zouk Mikael
  2. International MBA Fair in Beirut – QS World MBA Tour
  3. La Fête Des Potiers à Bkerzay
  4. Talk | The Zero Waste Home: Bea Johnson
  5. Femme entrepreneure, Femme innovante et remise des prix FFE
  7. The Moment – Motivational Show by Milad Hadchiti
  8. Meen’s New Album Launch
  9. The Silent Echo – Contemporary Art Exhibition in Baalbeck
  10. QS World Grad School Tour 2016
  11. Saida in Color at Sidon International Festival 2016
  12. René Moawad Foundation – RMF Fundraising Dinner
  13. Case Study with Score Composer Khyam Allami
  14. Beirut Dog Walk Event September 2016
  15. LAUNCH Summit 2016 – Lebanon’s Early Stage Startup Conference
  16. Festival de l’Arak

Make sure to check for much more options.

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5 Songs That Brought Music in Lebanon to an All Time Low This Summer


If we’re gonna remember this summer for something other than the garbage scattered everywhere around the country, then it’s definitely for the low quality music that was produced for celebrity wannabes to get their 5 minutes of fame.

Here’s a quick list I compiled from what I have lately seen on YouTube. I’m pretty sure there’s more but I think 5 are enough to avoid any damage for your eyes and ears.

1- Tarek Al-Atrash – Merzabbi

What does Merzabbi mean? And why did somebody feel the urge to write a song about it?

2. Rola Yamout – Ana Rola

I honestly never paid attention to the music. This is actually the kind of videos that help you identify whether you are an ass or boobs man.

3. Rima Dib – Ya Wad Ya T2il

Nothing. Zero. Cero. Null.

4. Myriam Klink – Baddi Walle3 Albak Nar

Falls in the same category as #2. It can also be used during self loving time as well… you know self loving… w heik.

5. Hadi Azrak – Jenno Notto

Tirachrach is so 2011! No wedding was complete this season without this one playing at least once during the party.

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – September 14th 2016


Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. I’m personally excited to attend Maskoon film festival at Metropolis cinema, and the walk in Horsh Beirut with Nahnoo NGO.

  1. The Silent Echo – Contemporary Art Exhibition in Baalbeck
  2. Beirut Yoga Festival 2016
  4. Recruitment Skills Workshop
  5. Sidon International Festival 2016
  6. Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival – The first Fantastic film festival in the arab world
  7. Autodesk Revit Structure Training Course
  8. Outdoor screening of ‘Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life’
  9. BETA Association 10th Anniversary at Sursock
  10. La Résidence des Pins ouvre ses portes au public
  11. GLOWin Jounieh
  12. The Shoreline Sessions 2016 – Independent Music Festival
  13. Family program | Urban Gardening Family Workshop
  14. Discover Horsh Beirut with Nahnoo
  15. Polyathlon des Cèdres & PolyLiban 2016

Make sure to check for much more options.

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