During the closing ceremony of the 7th Ayam Beirut Al Cinema-iya (March 15-24, 2013), AFAC presented an award for a Lebanese feature documentary project in development phase. The award which aligns with AFAC’s efforts and initiatives towards supporting the development and the production of Arab documentary films went to The City I Can Curse by Feyrouz Serhal. The story will feature two main characters: the director with her video camera, and the city of Beirut with its citizens. Over the course of one year, the director will roam the city with a light video camera. The camera will be her unblinking eyes, the eyes of a machine that will look and gaze, trying to make sense of the city’s contradictions and its ability to be charming and suffocating at once.
The festival which took place in Beirut over nine days featured 50 films out of which nine films were supported by AFAC. During the closing ceremony another award was given towards the distribution of a feature documentary in its homeland. The award, presented by Screen Institute in Beirut (SIB), went to Mahdi Fleifel’s A World Not Ours.