Fairuz in Film – International Premier

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San Francisco, USA - Jack Janssen's documentary about Lebanon and the civil war, We Loved Each Other So Much, featuring Fairuz's music was screened at the 47th San Francisco International Film Festival.

Though a recent 15-year civil war has left the people of Beirut struggling to find common ground, this breathtaking film documents the binding importance of beloved singer Fairuz to people all over the Arab world.

Fairuz is considered far and away the greatest music star alive and the most popular cultural phenomenon in the Arab world. For half a century now, Fairuz has been a living legend in the Arab world. Her home is Beirut, once a thriving seaport, "The Paris of the Middle East", and a haven for those fleeing religious or ethnic persecution. Famously, Fairuz chose to remain in Beirut in spite of the bloodshed and wholesale destruction, and she became a symbol of unity within a fractured city. A highlight of the documentary is Fairuz’s legendary encore performance at the Beiteddine festival in 2000 where she sang “Sabah ou Massa” (Morning and Night) live for the first time.

This film is competing for a Golden Gate Award in its international premiere (in Arabic with English subtitles). The film will also be screened at the Canadian International Documentary Festival which is scheduled to run from April 23 through May 2, 2004. The documentary will be screened as part of the festival’s National Spotlight on April 30 at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto.

The San Francisco 47th International Film Festival is presented by the San Francisco Film Society.
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival and was founded in 1993 by the Canadian Independent Film Caucus.

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