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Teta, alf marra (Grandma, a thousand times)
Mahmoud Kaabour

Mahmoud Kaabour is a multi award-winning filmmaker and lecturer from Beirut and the founder of Veritas Films. His films include "Teta, Alf Marra” , "Being Osama”, and “Champ of the Camp”. He was named to the “100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40” list in 2015. He resides in Berlin.

Country of Origin: Lebanon/UAE/Qatar
2011/Arabic/English subtitles/59 mins
Poetic documentary that puts a feisty Beiruti grandmother at the centre of brave film exercises concocted by her grandson to capture and commemorate her many worlds before they are erased by the passage of time and her eventual death. "Teta, alf marra" brings together grandfather, grandmother, and grandson in a playful magic-realistic documentary that aims to defy a past death and a future one, all while the filmmaker constantly switches roles between the film's silent creator, Teta's grandson in front of the camera, and a re-enactor of his late grandfather.
Director: Mahmoud Kaabour
Producer: Eva Star Sayre
Production Company: Veritas Films
Cinematographer: Muriel Aboulrouss
Sound engineer: Carine Bacha
Editor: Patricia Hneine
Sound Design: Ahmad Ghannoum
Post-production: Wahm Productions
World premiere: Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Qatar, October 2010
*Audience Award for Best Documentary and Jury Special Mention for filmmaker Mahmoud Kaabour.
Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia, October 2010
International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands, February 2011
Dox Box International Documentary Film Festival, Syria, March 2011 *Audience Award for Best International Documentary.
London International Documentary Festival, UK, May 2011 *Best Film Award
Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
Seattle International Film Festival, USA, 2011
Indy International Film Festival, Indianapolis, USA, 2011
Santiago International Film Festival, Chile, 2011
World Film Festival, Montreal, Canada, 2011
Vancouver Film Festival, Canada, 2011
DocsDF Mexico, 2011
Arab Film Festival, San Francisco, Berkeley, San Jose, Los Angeles, USA, 2011
Mumbai Film Festival, India, 2011, Czech Republic, 2011
Shorts Shorts Festival, Tokyo, Japan, June 2012
XVI International TV Festival Bar (In Competition) Bar, Montenegro, 2011
Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, 2011
Cinema Arts Festival Houston, USA, 2011
Tromsø International Film Festival, Norway, 2012
DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland, 2012
Shorts Shorts Festival (Focus on the Arab World), Tokyo, Japan, 2012
Taiwan International Doc Film Festival, (Merit prize) Taiwan, October 2012
DOKUart, Croatia, 2012
Special screenings:
Saint Joseph Antoura College, Lebanon 2011
Theatrical Release
Metropolis Cinema, Beirut, Lebanon, April 2011
The Picturehouse (REEL Cinemas), Dubai, UAE, October 2011
VOX Cinemas, Abu Dhabi, UAE, October 2011
Laemmle Theatres, Los Angeles, USA, November 2011
IFC Center, NYC, USA, December 2011
Television Broadcast
Al Jazeera, Qatar, May 23 2012
Link TV, USA, June 30 2012
In-flight screening
EMIRATES Airlines, ETIHAD, GULF AIR, QATAR AIRWAYS, LUFTHANSA and BA (From October to December 2012)