1982: A Film by Oualid Mouaness

About this Event

Don't miss this chance to see Lebanon's official submission for the Best International Feature Film Academy Award—which had its world premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival—before its theatrical release, and hear from director Oualid Mouaness!

This screening is a co-presentation of the LMU School of Film and Television and the LMU Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination (ACTI).



Written and directed by Oualid Mouaness // Produced by Alix Madigan, Oualid Mouaness, Myriam Sassine, Georges Schoucair, and Christopher Tricarico // Starring Nadine Labaki, Mohamad Dalli, Ghassan Maalouf, Aliya Khalidi, Rodrigue Sleiman, Gia Madi, Lelya Harkous, Saeed Serhan, and Zeina Demelero

 In June of 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon, which was already reeling from its ongoing civil war. In his feature debut, director Oualid Mouaness revisits this cataclysmic moment in Lebanese history through a different lens. At a private school on the outskirts of Beirut, as the geopolitical conflict inches closer and closer, 11-year-old Wissam (Mohamad Dalli) is more intent on finding the courage to tell his classmate he loves her.

For a dreamer like Wissam, who is more likely to be drawing than playing football, it's hard to comprehend the gravity of the impending violence. But for his teachers, Yesmine (Nadine Labaki) and Joseph (Rodrigue Sleiman), the jets in the sky signal something greater.

As they try to mask their growing fears for the sake of the students, they also attempt to hide the fractures in their relationship, as they fall on different sides of the political divide. Mouaness, who also wrote the script, splits the film between these two perspectives — that of the adults and that of the children — to explore the complexities of love and war.

Free Admission. RSVP Required. Kindly RSVP at 1982lmu.eventbrite.com.

Please note: No photography or any use of personal devices will be allowed during the screening. Thank You!

All SFTV screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. Guests on the RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.