Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige winners of best documentary at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival

The Lebanese film “The Lebanese Rocket Society” award at Doha Tribeca Film Festival

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“The Lebanese Rocket Society” film poster

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The Franco-Lebanese film “The Lebanese Rocket Society” won Best Documentary at Doha Tribeca Film Festival (17 to 24 November), which won him a prize of $ 100,000.

Produced by George Schoucair (Abbout Productions) and Edouard Mauriat (Mille et une productions), Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s film tells a fabulous human adventure about space and Lebanon.

From 1960 to 1966, a space project was born in Lebanon. Several rockets were launched from the mountains surrounding Beirut by a group of students and experts. Manoug Manougian physics professor  led this group and named it “The Lebanese Rocket Society.”

(For the record: Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige interlocutors image )

According to the film’s Facebook page , the jury of the Qatari festival welcomed the filmmakers for “the immense research effort and their ability to build a dream and make us believe”

“The Lebanese Rocket Society,” was shown in spring 2012 at the Beirut Exhibition Center, and took part in the Toronto Film Festival last September. 

(this part is translated from French from LORIENTLEJOUR.COM November 26, 2012)