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Lamia Joreige, current 2016–17 Radcliffe Institute Fellow, presents her film And the living is easy, 2014, 74 min.
Beirut 2011, the city is strangely quiet, held in abeyance, while the region is going through major upheavals. I created, through five characters, most of whom are not professional actors, a portrait of my city. All of them—the sales executive, the musician, the artist, the actress, and the singer—express their love for Beirut along with the difficulty of living in it. Over a period of eight months, I asked them to interpret scenes inspired by their love life, their job, their friends and the places they like. The city and their feelings become intertwined. By creating a fiction based on their daily lives, I emphasize the malaise that prevails in Beirut nowadays. The sweetness of life conceals the anxiety arising from the political instability of the country and the region, as well as a fear of conflicts, Lebanon still being marked by past wars.
And the living is easy is written and directed by Joreige. Produced by Les Films d’Ici: Patricia Cartier-Millon & Serge Lalou. With Mireille Kassar, Firas Beydoun, Anna Ogden-Smith, Raïa Haidar and Tarek Atoui.