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The CONTRACT

This project is an initiative of the International Labour Organization (ILO) tackling the issue of foreign domestic worker rights in Lebanon.

We had a lot to say about the subject (obviously), and we elaborated several concepts, with storyboards and character designs that did not see the light; sometimes too harsh,, too activist, too caricaturist;

No limits for creative minds. But it is a very delicate subject to treat as well.

The winner was "the contract story" that approaches the matter in a subtle yet ironic way.

Thank you for Kamal Hakim, Muhammad Moneimne, Chadi Aoun, and on an earlier stage, Joelle Achkar, Ghadi Ghosn and Jad Sarout.

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Beirut Open Stage

Bel Arabi

Visual created for Beirut Open Stage, a great initiative by Elias Maroun, that promotes all kind of cool underground Lebanese music bands.

For its Next Edition, Beirut Open Stage wants to turn the spotlight on Arab writing and local culture, and is therefore organizing an Arabic Edition entitled:
"Bel 3arabé – بالعربي."

A Call for Artists is ON! Save your spot to perform in front of a wide audience, and meet professionals of the music industry.
https://www.facebook.com/events/678439005559196/

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SAMT (Silence) – Work in progress

SAMT is my latest creation; it is an animated short that raises the timely question of freedoms in the Arab world, and the repression thereof. It mainly deals with the topic of freedom of expression through movement. Whether it is the freedom of speech and ideas, or the freedom of being different and choosing a diverse path to the established status quo – SAMT touches on the wider reality of a rising Arab youth who have inherited decayed political, social, and economic systems, and who have found a way to express their voices through the recent uprisings that are still shaking the region in the hope of a better future.

The city where the story takes place is called "Ghabra" which it the Arabic word for "Dust"

Here are some layouts of the city; it is a mixtures of different references I gathered from Beirut, Marrakesh, Damascus and Aleppo, Cairo and Jerusalem.

Ghabra City

SAMT can mean ‘silence’ in Arabic. But the richness of the Arabic language has a milder word for that, which could be ‘soukout’. Therefore, in the broader sense, SAMT takes a stronger meaning here, one of muteness, conveyed by the general absence of speech in the movie – and broken through a single sound to rise against it. It explores the absence of freedoms in a repressive system where there is no room for freedom of ideas, of movement, of choice, in a monochrome world where colors (differences) are prohibited.

Here is a sample of Ghabra city from the movie:

Ghabra at night Samt

Another nuance is that silence or ‘noiselessness’ can mean calm, peace and quiet. But SAMT is intended to portray the meaning of ‘silence’ as it is lived and experienced by the Arab youth: a perpetual censorship, be it formal or socially imposed. With retrospective, I realize that with SAMT I naturally treated a subject that conveyed a deeply rooted rebellion against a crippling system. SAMT was a direct result of how I perceived things, an expression of the plight that all of us living in the Arab world share to various degrees, and which became, unexpectedly so, headline news nowadays: The ‘Arab spring’ and the need for freedoms, expression being one of those freedoms, and so versatile.

A character preview from the short movie – the movie's opening and the presentation of the plot is conveyed through her… so for me she is quite an important character.Sahar

 

The protagonists in SAMT live in a bubble as well. Of course the metaphor, thank to the magic of animation, can be stretched to the edges of imagination. Without pointing fingers, it denounces a general and failed ecosystem, and carries a universal message. It is suitable for all ages, genders and backgrounds. It is silent in word, but dense in sound (effects and music) giving it a more universal touch. This little movie is a metaphor about freedoms of expression (music, movement etc.) and the acceptance of the different other (beyond mere diversity of creed) and a hymn to pluralism in the Arab world and the right to exist in those differences, with a pinch of “joie de vivre”.

 

As a last image for now, it is fair to introduce the Hero of the short movie "Leil", through whom the story unfolds.

Leil in heaven

SAMT is a work in progress short movie. Thanks to the help of AFAC, I am now able to finalize it;

Soon it will be out and running in festivals. Will be posting some more images later on!

Cheers for all animation lovers!!!

 

 

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BORDERLINE – Beirut Dance Company

BDC show 2014

BDC show 2014

“Of flesh, soul, bodies and emotion, beings gravitate on the stage of a human odyssey. An oh so human condition, condemned to dream of skies that are further and further away. Splendors and miseries of beings struggling with their demons, because down here, in this babel of bodies, the tower of sins seems well and truly erected.”

Poster and visual design for this new show performed by the Beirut Dance Company and choreographed by Nada Kano. Thank you Antoine Baraka for the pictures.

 

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Happy 2014!

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In a lot of ways 2013 wasn't easy. We bet 2014 is full of surprises. Always look ahead. Cheers to all!

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Hachette Antoine illustrations

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Some illustration introducing a bigger project : new school books for the up-coming year.

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UNICEF/ UNHCR birth registration campaign

 

 

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UNICEF – Min Manzel ila Manzel

"Min Manzel ila Manzel" is a new awareness campaign against Polio disease that just reappeared in Lebanon.
Campaign created by Yelostudio and produced by UNICEF (Lebanon) in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Health.

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Unrealating – Choreographing and not communicating

Through bodies that find and hang on to each other, suspended in space – that of exploration – comes the time of heavy legacies, old wounds, the mad mental race… frolics become dialectics, internal debates.
«Un•re(a)lating» tells the story of adventures and incomprehension between individuals but also within the forces of our environment.

Choreography and artistic direction: Nada Kano

Edited : Chadi Aoun

Filmed : Ely Dagher, Kassim Dabaji

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The killing

the killing

Nothing more than a fast doodle on Flash. When tired of animating, one has to let some steam out.

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