Service taxi driver Abu Hosam, a Palestinian with a varied past, a doubtful future and a majestic present, drives the streets of Beirut and the map of memory, speaking his mind with wild energy and wit. So Dear, So Lovely is a song of grief and exuberance.
For this screening, there is an introduction by Marion Biet. Watch it via the link below.
Diana Allan is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at McGill University and a Canada Research Chair in ethnographic archives. She received her training in filmmaking in the Sensory Ethnography Lab and was a Harvard Film Study Center Fellow. Her films include Shatila, Beirut, Terrace of the Sea, Still Life and So Dear, So Lovely. Diana is also the co-founder and co-director of the Nakba Archive, a testimonial project that has recorded interviews on film with first generation Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon. During the 2006 Lebanon/Israel war she established ‘Lens on Lebanon’, a participatory film and photographic initiative funded by the Soros Foundation, Oxfam and the Prince Claus Fund.