Lebanese production … a clinical death?


Lebanese drama makers were looking good in 2019, after faltering experiences faced them. With the end of last summer and autumn, production companies have prepared for a promising season, and producers have signed agreements with local channels to distribute dramas. But what happened was not taken into account. With the start of the demonstrations last October, televisions cut off the local drama after broadcasting only a few episodes. Thus, the series froze and replaced politics, as the channels opened air for live broadcasting. With the situation calm down a little, the movement returned to the drama at the beginning of this year, to return and collide with the spread of the Corona virus and stop filming the series. Although the Arab and Lebanese production companies filming in Beirut have obtained permission to complete the filming of their projects, the Lebanese production companies were unable to walk on the steps of the Arab companies, so I got out of the race for reasons related to the financial crisis in the banks, in addition to the limited time and conditions for completing the harsh filming Rather, compared to the nature of the works depicted. Thus, the tired local industry reached Ramadan 2020, and this fatigue has weighed down on the screens, which suffer from financial accumulations of production companies, and have not yet paid the programming of Ramadan 2019. The result is that the Lebanese drama will appear in Ramadan, but shyly.

Wissam Hanna and Farah Bitar in the scenes of the filming of the series “Weird”

As the channels will resume showing serials that had started showing last fall and froze after the demonstrations, along with other projects filmed a year ago, with the possibility of entering some series in the last moments. In this context, lbci completes the show “With the Heart” (written by Tariq Swaid and directed by Julian Maalouf, produced by G8 Pro), which brings together Badi Abu Shakra, Sarah Abi Kanaan and a bouquet of Lebanese stars, and tells stories from the heart of Lebanese society. For its part, mtv re-shows the series “Bardana Anna” (written by Claudia Marcelian and directed and produced by Nadim Mhanna), which brings together Karen Rizk Allah and Wissam Hanna, and tells the stories of family violence through Haneen (Karen Rizk Allah) the young wife who was killed by her husband (Badi Abu Shakra) Brutally. When it was introduced last fall, the project came under some criticism that it found that it handled violence issues in a shallow manner. Nevertheless, the evaluation of “Bardana I” will not be complete until all of its sixties episodes are presented, and it may continue until after Ramadan.
This season, it was interesting to enter the Qatari “bein Drama” channel on the Lebanese drama line. The network has purchased three Lebanese series: “With the Heart”, which it will broadcast in parallel with LBCI, and “Weirdness” (written by Maggie Beqai and directed by Lillian Boustany and produced by “Ideas Production”), which was filmed a year ago, and includes Wissam Hanna, Karen Salama, Farah Bitar and Carlos Azar And other actors. Note that its events take place in the fifties of the last century, as it reflects the Lebanese society’s view of love, taboo, and others. The work was built with a special decor from the atmosphere of Beirut in the fifties, and its airspace was supplemented with the clothes and fashions of artists according to the style popular in that era. The lbci was supposed to feature “weird” last fall, but it changed the idea to finally be in the diagonal screen. As for the third series, it is “If we had not met” (written by Nada Emad Khalil, directed by Elie Ramz, producer and director of director Caroline Milan, and production of Gold Films), starring Youssef Al-Khal and Sarah Abi Kanaan. The series narrates the mysterious life of Hadi (Youssef Al-Khal), who marries Reema (Sarah Abi Kanaan), and then the mysteries of mystery are revealed in turn. The series was filmed in Beirut last fall, to find its first show on the Qatari screen.

Lbci re-plays “Heart”

For its part, it was assumed that the “new” broadcast of the Lebanese series “Neither before you or after you” (written by Christine Boutros and directed by George Rocks and production by “Marwa Group” by its owner Marwan Haddad) by Abbas Shaheen and Jesse Abdo … the comic act from which a small group of Episodes. The station will not resume its performance. Rather, Al-Jadeed will not race this season due to its accumulated financial crises and weak advertisers. Thus, you will be satisfied with re-presenting old episodes of comedy series, including “Lost Village”, “Previous Lover’s Memoirs”, “Perfume of Levant” and “Khirbet”! As for the OTV, it decided not to show any series.
So, after all, the Lebanese drama is struggling to appear in Ramadan, besieged by Corona and the suffocating financial crisis. Provided that later you find solutions for their products that may compensate for their absence, foremost among them is filming in internal studios and using the summer to provide local drama. Some of them summarize the state of the drama today, as it has returned to clinical death after several blows it received, and it was almost ready for it.

Turkish competition
A new competition that has emerged on Lebanese screens is the presentation of Turkish drama during the month of fasting. This step we saw in 2019, but it is taking hold today. MTV broadcasts three Turkish series in one go: “Woman” in his second season, which tells the story of a woman who resides life after the death of her husband, in addition to “Our Tales”, which introduces stories that revolve in the poor neighborhoods, and “Bitterness of Love” which tells the stories of love and betrayal. Lbci is also considering a Turkish series that will be announced soon, while Al-Jadeed continues to broadcast three Turkish series: “Black and White Love”, “Black Sea” and “Fadila Khanum”.

Al-Manar is ready
“Al-Manar” specializes in the race in the series “Mirrors of Time” (directed by Mohamed Yassin and Waqf, written by Fathallah Omar), which collects a bunch of Lebanese stars. The work sheds light on the repercussions of social media and its impact on Lebanese society through the story of the timber dealer “Ragheb” (Mazen Moadam), who is exposed to a series of successive problems that start with the burning of the wood warehouse owned by him and his cousin “Hossam” (Mahdi Fakhreddin) while he is inside him, and accusing him of causing With fire. These problems find their way to social media and cause harm.


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