2013• Documentary •01h33
From 1960 to 1966, a space project was undertaken in Lebanon. Several rockets, which became larger and more powerful with time, were launched from the hills surrounding Beirut by a group of scientists, university students and army experts. This group, led by Manoug Manougian, was called: The Lebanese Rocket Society.
=> OV (French, Arabic, English) with English subtitles.
Directors: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
Language: French, English, Arabic
Subtitles: French (DVD)
Release date: 01/05/2013
Toronto IFF 2012, Doha IFF 2012 - Best Documentary Award
« A rich, complete movie, which also has the elegance to unfold with humor and lightness. » - Chronic'art
« Rejoicing. The Hadjithomas-Joreige couple is undoubtedly the most inventive and adventurous couple in Lebanese cinema. » - L'Humanité
« Manoug Manougian had stored his childhood memories in boxes. Photographs, films, press clippings that testified to his incredible odyssey: trying to launch a rocket into space from Lebanon. » - Le Monde
« The Lebanese Rocket Society: A dream told by two filmmaking artists in a resolutely committed documentary with precious archival footage... this feature film sheds an interesting light on this extravagant story... » - Le Figaro Magazine
« A story completely hidden in Lebanon and that the filmmakers reactivate with humor to show the capacity of a country to dream. » - France Info
« This ingenious investigative work is the pretext to show a rich, inventive country, endowed with an immeasurable sense of derision. » - Elle
« This amazing documentary gives credit to a country's crazy dream. » - Grazia