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My Own Personal Lebanon


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You can read the reflective essay called "My Own Personal Lebanon: exploring the fragments of my identity" as part of TAPE Collective's "But Where are you really from" season.



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,

Noé Mendelle

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 2021

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)

AegeanDocs 2021

Youth Film Access Scotland festival 2022

Glasgow Zine film festival 2022

Balkan Beyond Borders Film Festival 2022

Refugee Week Greece 2023

Kyiv Short Film Festival 2023 

Screened online in Tape Collective's Good Wickedry




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