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“Ambitious… smart and sensitive.” – Austin Consadine, The New York Times

“Brilliant first feature… Akl comes out swinging as the next big thing in Middle Eastern cinema.” –  Jude Dry, IndieWire 

“A masterpiece. Beautiful, soulful and important” – E. Nina Rothe, MIME: Moving Image Middle East  

“A thoughtful and compassionate portrait of a family caught up in an environmental crisis.” –  Alliance of Women Film Journalists 

The free-spirited Badri family have escaped the toxic pollution and social unrest of Beirut by seeking refuge in the utopic mountain home they have built. But unexpectedly, a garbage landfill is built right outside their fence, bringing the trash and corruption of a whole country to their doorstep. As the landfill rises, so do tensions between leaving or resisting, threatening their idyllic home and family unity. Mounia Akl makes her highly anticipated debut (Cinéfondation Residency, Torino Film Lab, Sundance Institute Lab), with a darkly comic commentary on the realities of modern-day Lebanon. In Arabic with English subtitles. Director: Mounia Akl (Lebanon, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Qatar 2021) 107 min.

OPENS FRIDAY, SEPT. 2

$12.50 General  |  $9. Senior • Youth • Matinée  |  $7 CFI Members