MY OWN PERSONAL LEBANON

By Theo PANAGOPOULOS

EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART - as PROMO

Social issues - Completed 2020

My Own Personal Lebanon is a short documentary following the attempts of a young Greek filmmaker to connect with his distant Lebanese half by discovering his mother's secret stories of the war.

Festivals
& Awards

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (online) 2021
Greek Docs
    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Documentary
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM, GREECE
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, GREEK, ARABIC
    • Duration
    • 16 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Theo PANAGOPOULOS
    • Producer(s)
    • Emma DAVIE (Edinburgh College of Art), Noé MENDELLE (Edinburgh College of Art), Amy HARDIE (Edinburgh College of Art)
    • Synopsis
    • Three languages, two halves, no whole.

      My Own Personal Lebanon is a short documentary following the attempts of a young Greek filmmaker to connect with his distant Lebanese half by discovering his mother's secret stories of the war.

      Growing up in the space in between two cultures is challenging enough but when one them is buried under the shame of war then it becomes a personal trauma.

      The film explores the emotional tension between national and personal identity through a conversation in a car, two installations in Athens, a book about Beirut and three spoken languages. 

      Were the stories meant to be silenced for ever or did he not pay enough attention? Why did it take him so long to wake up to his family history?