Memory Box (15)

F Rated Film
Friday 18th March 2022 - Thursday 24th March 2022

Dir. Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, France/Lebanon, 2021, 102 mins, subtitled. Cast. Manal Issa, Jade Charbonneau, Rim Turki.

A package of keepsakes from 1980s wartime Beirut arrives in contemporary Montreal. Teenager Alex covertly goes through her mother Maia’s box of journals, audio tapes and photographs, which reveal a difficult adolescence in the war-torn Lebanese capital – and a dark family secret. Between fantasy and reality, Alex enters the world of her mother’s tumultuous, passionate adolescence during the Lebanese civil war, unlocking mysteries of a hidden past. The film explores how distance affects personal relationships, while providing a refreshingly female perspective on conflict and memory. An ode to hope and regeneration at a time when Beirut once again finds itself rebuilding after a tragedy.

Please note we are changing our programme on Thursday 24 March to host a fundraising screening in support of Ukraine at 6pm. The screening of Memory Box announced in the programme at 6pm on that day has been rescheduled to 8.30pm. For more information about the fundraising screening, click here.

Reclaim The Frame commissioned an article on Memory Box, "Unearthing the Past and Connecting to the Present", by Elise Hassan (contains some plot points).

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Dates & Times

 Friday 18th Mar 2022  6:00pm
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 Saturday 19th Mar 2022  8:00pm
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 Wednesday 23rd Mar 2022  2:30pm
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 Wednesday 23rd Mar 2022  8:30pm
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 Thursday 24th Mar 2022  8:30pm
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