By Rana EID


Documentary - Completed 2017

On the surface, Lebanon is a vibrant city driven by consumerism and an eagerness for modern life. Beneath this façade however is a subterranean landscape of remains from the county’s macabre history, hidden from the population above. “Panoptic” explores this underground level to reveal how, although

& Awards

Locarno 2017
Jihlava 2017
Best Feature-Length Documentary Debut
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Duration
    • 69 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Rana EID
    • Producer(s)
    • Db STUDIOS, Enjaaz DUBAI, Ginger BEIRUT, Myriam SASSINE (Abbout Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • Lebanese filmmaker Rana Eid’s documentary essay premiered in the Signs of Life section at the Locarno Film Festival, a film in which she captured her journey through Beirut while mourning the death of her father. In an attempt to understand her hometown, she decided to explore its very core – its underground. Because that was exactly how she de facto lived – in hiding, just as everyone else did during the 17-year-long civil war. The director’s personal journey, filled with atmospheric, auditory sensations (she doesn’t deny her years of sound work), reflects Lebanon’s troubled past, as well as its present and future prospects, on a whole different level.