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SOCIAL STUDIES featuring  works by Maher Abi Samra, Marwa Arsanios, Jumana Manna, and Christian Ghazi


In-person Film Screening + Q&A: September 16

Venue: e-flux Screening Room (NYC)

Time : 7 – 9:30 PM

A conversation with filmmaker Jumana Manna moderated by Amir Husak will follow the screening. 


Online Screening: September 17 – 23

Free / $5 Suggested donation


Available Worldwide


This program presents Christian Ghazi’s 1969 film A Hundred Faces for a Single Day in conversation with three films from Lebanon and Palestine made between 2008 and 2016.  

Ghazi’s avant-garde cinematic manifesto captures a society at the cusp between Lebanon’s so-called Golden Age and the protracted civil war that would erupt soon after in 1975. Depicting the early days of a revolutionary moment—in which the filmmaker was a participant—that brought  Palestinian and Lebanese liberation struggles together with workers’ movements, the film is a scathing critique of Lebanon’s political and cultural bourgeoisie, as well as a warning against neglecting one’s own internal pitfalls. 

Decades after Ghazi’s Hundred Faces, the films of Maher Abi Samra, Marwa Arsanios, and Jumana Manna can be said to turn our gaze inwards once again to grapple with social oblivion conveniently masked by more pressing political concerns. Their films ask how the task of building a shared social consciousness becomes constantly consumed by sectarian divisions, military occupation, and corruption, whereby any kind of social reckoning or emancipation remains a mostly private undertaking. When will such efforts gain entry into politics?

This program is co-presented by ArteEast and e-flux Screening Room and is curated by Amal Issa. This screening is part of the legacy program Unpacking the ArteArchive, which preserves and presents over 17 years of film and video programming by ArteEast. In addition to the online screening on from September 17-23, a selection of the program will be screened in-person at e-flux Screening Room on September 16. For more information, visit



A Maid For Each, Maher Abi Samra, Lebanon/France/Norway/UAE, 2016, 67 min.

Arabic, Amharic with English subtitles

I’ve Heard Stories 1, Marwa Arsanios, Lebanon, 2008, 4 min.

Arabic with English subtitles

Blessed Blessed Oblivion, Jumana Manna, Palestine, 2010, 21 min.

Arabic with English subtitles 

One Hundred Faces for a Single Day, Christian Ghazi, Lebanon, 1969, 63 min.

Arabic with English subtitles

The film program is accompanied by a conversation with filmmaker Jumana Manna moderated by Amir Husak. 


Image Credit: One Hundred Faces for a Single Day, Christian Ghazi