“Beirut, Under the Bridge” (Documentary, 2011)



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Logline: A documentary about the identity of post-war Beirut through the lens of public transportation.

Synopsis: In a city still traumatized by a Civil War, migrant workers and travellers wait under the shadows of its empty bridges. For decades, abandoned buses and trains have rusted away in silence as their watchdogs howl at the sight of new passengers. Beirut is alive. It rebuilds and moves on ceaselessly, destroying all remnants of its fractured past. The sound of progress wails through the city and yet the silence under the bridge is more deafening. Through the stories of its local workers, “Beirut, Under the Bridge” explores the struggle to restore public transport in a post-war metropolis.

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Production Details:

  • Program Duration: 29 mins
  • Writer/Director/Producer: Nora Niasari
  • Co-Producer: Ali Sayed-Ali
  • Assistant Director: Diana Hanna AbuNajar
  • Countries of Production: Australia & Lebanon (Filming)
  • Language: Arabic (English Subtitles)
  • Completion Date: 2011


  • “Best International Documentary Short” (2012 Arquitectura Film Festival Santiago)
  • “Best Director Documentary” (11th Beirut International Film Festival)
  • “Special Jury Prize Documentary” (11th Beirut International Film Festival)

Television Broadcasts:

  • CNN Chile, 2012
  • MTV Lebanon, 2012

Festival Screenings:

  • 2013 Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa
  • 3er Ciclo de Cine+Arquitectura
  • 2013 Festival de las artes, Valparaiso
  • 2012 Arquitectura Film Festival Santiago
  • 11th Beirut International Film Festival
  • 2011 Festival Cine//B_4 Santiago
  • 2011 Cannes Short Film Corner

Published Platforms:

MAS Context “Conflict” Summer 11′ Issue, MAS STUDIO, Chicago (USA)

Architects for Peace


ArqFilmFest 2012 Interview

SBS Farsi Interview ‘Beirut, Under the Bridge’

‘Felty Surface Blog’ Interview ‘Beirut, Under the Bridge’

The Daily Star Lebanon

iloubnan Art & Culture

Iranian of the Day


© 2012 Nora Niasari