33 Days (Lebanon, 70 minutes, DVD)
By: Mai Masri
Screens: Saturday, October 18, 1pm
Filmed during the Israeli war on Lebanon in the summer of 2006, 33 Days follows the real-life stories of four people: A theatre director working with children after their homes are destroyed, a journalist struggling at a television station under fire, an aid worker coordinating emergency relief efforts, and a news-desk director trying to cope with the war, and her new-born baby. In this gripping documentary, Mai Masri puts a face on the often-desensitized horrors of war taking us beyond the icy statistics and muted news stories into the fiery reality and courageous hearts of the survivors.
Mai Masri is an award-winning Palestinian filmmaker who earned her Bachelor's degree in film from San Francisco State University. Her films have won more than 50 international awards and have been broadcast on 100 television station around the world. Her filmography includes: 33 Days (2007) Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies and Videos (2006). Frotiers of Fears and Dreams (2001). Mai Masri won 14 international award including First Prize, International Women’s Film Festival in Torino, Italy; First Prize Biennale des Cinemas Arabes, Paris; First Prize at Ismailia Film Festival; Golden Sun Award, Environmental Film Festival, Barcelona Spain; Special Jury Award at Beirut International Film Festival; Earth Vision Award, Tokyo. Her Children of Shatila (1998) won Best Director and Best Camera at ASF Festival, London 1999 and was nominated for the Amnesty International Award; Her Hanan Ashrawi: A Woman of Her Time (1995) won Best Overseas Production at the One World Media Awards, UK, and Best Documentary CMCA, Palermo and the Award of the Public at IMA festival in Paris.