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The Lebanese Rocket Society

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It actually is rocket science

The fact that Lebanon had a space programme is just one of the surprises in Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas’ fascinating dispatch from the “who knew?” fringes of docu-making.

The duo source archive materials and interviewees to explore how ’60s scientists in Beirut developed a rocket until civil war grounded the experiments.

But their ace trick is to make a story about rocket science moving. A sequence involving a statue drags, but the lament for lost dreams adds an achingly wistful note of the what-might-have-beens.

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