Wednesday (20 Sept)

Depot is to introduce a new Arabic film thread, beginning this Wednesday (20 Sept) with an evening of the food, drink and cinematic tradition of the Lebanon.

The series, Alwan Arabia, will be screened on the third Wednesday of each month. It opens with the 2016 Vatche Boulghourjian film, Tramontane.

Rabih, a young blind man, lives in a small village in Lebanon. He sings in a choir and edits Braille documents for an income. His life unravels when he tries to apply for a passport and discovers that his identification card, which he has carried his entire life, is a forgery. Travelling across rural Lebanon in search of a record of his own birth, he meets people on the far fringes of society who tell their own stories, open further questions and give Rabih minor clues about his true identity. Descending into a void at the heart of his existence, Rabih encounters a nation incapable of telling his or its own narrative.

To celebrate the launch of Alwan Arabia, there will be live music from 19:00.

The event is also part of the Lewes Octoberfeast celebrations. A special menu will include Arabian culinary delights, as well as humous and mint tea.  > Download the menu

Tramontane will be screened at 20:00