In celebration of Pride Month, Arab Film Series – a monthly online program of films and talkbacks presented to you by ArteEast in partnership with Arab American National Museum, and Arab Film and Media Institute – presents This Little Father Obsession, a feature-length hybrid documentary by Lebanese filmmaker Selim Mourad.
A kaleidoscopic family film blending documentary and auto-fiction, This Little Father Obsession sees the complexity of Lebanese society confronted with the personal aspirations of an individual, and the weight of patriarchal tradition with the desire for emancipation. The filmmaker traces the portrait of a family in which he is trying to find his place. The last descendant, losing his fertility, attracted to men, he is wondering about filiation and confronts his father with his obsessions at a time when their family house in Beirut is waiting to be demolished. Truth unveils as they go on a quest together to find a forgotten relative. During this journey, the house seems to persist.
The screening will be accompanied by a live talkback with filmmaker Selim Mourad at 3 p.m. EDT, Sunday, June 27.
Guests can view the film on demand, worldwide, from 6 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 24 to 11:59 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 27, 2021.
2016 / 103 minutes / Lebanon / Arabic and French with English Subtitles