Beirut, autumn 2005

In autumn 2005, I stayed in Beirut for a month for an art residency. I filmed in Super 8 with fishermen crisscrossing the bay on small boats. Their gestures seemed to sound the sea as the memory of a chaotic country. Returning to Paris, in the associative laboratory L’Abominable, I worked with a TRUCA, an optical printer from the Soviet era, to deconstruct the movement. It was a poetic and structural research to try to express, in silence, the deepness of trauma. This project was made with the help of Sirine Fattouh and her family.



Experimental short film, silent, 8 min, 2006


Direction, image, Super 8 and 16 mm processing, editing and postproduction: Leïla Saadna with the support of L'Abominable and Nicolas Rey.


This film was made during a residency at the Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut and supported by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts de Cergy.