Submarine, by Mounia Akl '17, Censored in Lebanon
March 29, 2017
School of the Artrs Almuna Mounia Akl’s '17 short film Submarine has been censored in Lebanon. The film was co-produced by Cyril Aris '16 and co-written by Clara Roquet '16.
The film tells the story of a girl from Beirut, a city that is dealing with an ongoing garbage crisis. The film has been lauded internationally; it was selected for the highly competitive Cinefondation Competition at the 69th Canne Film Festival. It was also an official selection at the Toronto International film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize, and the Hamptons International Film Festival, as well as many others around the world. It received the UFVA KODAK Scholarship Award, and the Best Director Award at CUFF 2016.
In response to the ban Aris said, “Sad to see our movie censored in Lebanon, as part as the censorship wave that hit a few Lebanese films playing in the Ayyam Beirut film festival. After playing in festivals like Cannes, TIFF and SxSW, we were finally happy to share Submarine with its first intended audience: Lebanese. To the entities responsible for the censorship: we only held up a mirror, and you must have felt too ashamed with your reflection that you decided to silence it. If you are ashamed of the Lebanon we portray in the film, remember that we are ashamed every single day of you, and our government that gives us the illusion of democracy."