KASH KASH – WITHOUT FEATHERS WE CAN’T LIVE
Lea Najjar | Germany, Qatar, Lebanon 2022 | 90 Min. | OmeU
At the traditional game of Kash Hamam, pigeon fanciers teach their pigeons above the rooftops of Beirut to catch animals from other flocks in order to add them to their own flock. Oranges thrown into the air cause the birds to perform daring flight manoeuvres, and for a brief moment the heavy everyday life can be forgotten. After all, Lebanon has been in an economic free fall for years; social, political, and religious tensions add to it.
Lea Najjar’s impressionistic feature-length debut KASH KASH is a vivid portrait of Lebanon and its chaotic state, where rooftops high above city streets become a hopeful refuge.
Director: Lea Najjar
Assistant Director: Alia Haju
Camera: Jonas Schneider
Music: Farah Kaddour, Samah Boulmona
Sound: Frederic Hellmann
Production: Matthias Drescher, Max Brunner, Julian Haisch, Jinane Dagher
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Lea Najjar, born in 1994 in Vienna, grew up in Beirut and graduated high school from the City International School in Beirut. She then completed her Freshman degree at the American University of Beirut (A.U.B) in 2013. During her school years, she worked as a press photographer. From 2014 she studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and finished her Diploma in documentary directing with her first feature film “Kash Kash” in 2021.