Panoptic is a letter from a daughter to her deceased father in an attempt to reconcile with her country’s turbulent past.
Panoptic delves into Beirut’s underground to explore Lebanon’s schizophrenia: a nation that thrives for modernity while ironically ignoring the vices that obstruct achieving this modernity.
While the Lebanese population has chosen to turn a blind eye to these vices, Rana Eid, an ordinary citizen, explores the nation’s paradoxes through sound, iconic monuments and secret hidings.
documentary, Rana Eid, Lebanon 2017, 69 min, Arabic with Engl. or French ST
Director Rana Eid | Written by Rana Eid in collaboration with Rania Stephan | Producor Myriam Sassine | Co-producer/ Line Producer Abla Khoury | Editor Rania Stephan | Director of Photography Talal Khoury | Sound Designer Rana Eid | Re-recording Mixer Florent Lavallée | Music Composer Nadim Mishlawi | Colorist Belal Hibri | Production Manager Elie Deek | Design and Art Direction Mike Malajalian | Produced by Abbout Productions & DB Studios Beirut In co-production with Ginger Beirut Productions, with the support of The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), in association with Screen Institute Beirut Co-produced with the support of Enjaaz, a Dubai Film Market Initiative
from the press
A new take on the genre of city symphony/documentary essay, Eid’s film offers a complex and poetic inquiry into Beirut’s underground and the roots of conflict in her country. (Variety)
Panoptic is a visual work, but Eid’s ability to play these images against experimental soundscapes results in a harrowing, affecting and captivating debut. (4:3 - Four Three Film)