My Own Personal Lebanon
Short Documentary | 15:44 | UK, Greece | 2020
My Own Personal Lebanon is a short documentary following the attempts of a young Greek filmmaker to connect with his distant Lebanese half by discovering his mother's secret stories of the war.
The film explores the emotional tension between national and personal identity through a conversation in a car, two installations in Athens, a book about Beirut and three spoken languages.
Were the stories meant to be silenced forever or did he not pay enough attention? Why did it take him so long to wake up to his family history?
Direction: Theo Panagopoulos
Executive Producers: Emma Davie, Amy Hardie,
Cinematography: Giorgos Karalias
Editing: Andrada Neacsu, Theo Panagopoulos
Music: Alexandra Katerinopoulou
Sound: Simon Howard
Producer: Theo Panagopoulos
Official Selections & Screenings
Winner of Odysseus award - Beyond Borders International Documentary Festival Castelorizo 2021
Shortlisted for Best Student Film - Hellenic Film Academy
Encounters Short Film Festival 2020
(Nominated for Best UK Student Film | Audience Award)
DocLisboa International Film Festival 2020
London Short Film Festival 2021
Greek Documentary Association festival 2021
Scottish Mental Health Art Film Festival 2021
Barnes Film Festival 2021
(Nominated for Best British Doc)