Gate #5 (al-Khoud al-Hamis)
They were young, loved adventures and had choices. In the 1960s and 70s thousands of young Lebanese left their villages and searched for a new life in the city - as countless like-minded people around the globe. The port of Beirut, the city's economic lung and central urban district, provided work for truck drivers - a job that stressed masculinity and became a lifestyle.
During the years of the civil war (1975-90) the drivers were needed to maintain the supply of food, goods, and sometime weapons between the divided sectors of country. Some were humble, others were heroic, yet all were adventuresomeness and felt free.
documentary, Simon El Habre, Lebanon/UAE 2011, 84 min, color, Arabic with Engl. ST
Director Simon El Habre | Producer Georges Schoucair (About Productions) | Co-Producers Paul Scherzer (Six Island Productions); Irit Neidhardt (mec film )| Line Producers Abla Khoury, Lara Chekerdjian (Ginger Beirut Productions), Sabine Choucair | Assistant Producer Myriam Sassine | Production Supervisor Christian Eid | Assistant Director Jowe Harfouche | Cinematographer Bassem Fayad | Sound Operator Chadi Roukoz | Editor Carine Doumit | Assistant Editor Gilbert Cherfane | Sound Design & Mixing Emile Aouad
from the press
A fascinating look at the lives of those working at one of Beirut's busy ports (Rolling Stone Middle East)
One has to see the films of Simon El Habre again and again, not in order to help the Lebanese cinema as is often said, but to help ourselves. To help us understand what is real noblesse. The one of the small people, the humble, the invisible. The daily heroism is of those people who kept silent for too long. (Libannews)