The Lebanese Rocket Society wins Best Documentary at the DTFF
The Lebanese Rocket Society wins the Best Feature Documentary Award and a $100,000 prize money at the 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
"In recognition of its immense efforts of research and its ability to build a dream and convince us with it; for its success in skillfully connecting a fantasy from the past to a current political situation; for its distinctive, personal narrative voice, which is playful and humorous despite the gravity of its subject; because it is able to leverage various stylistic methods, including experimental, documentary and archival, while maintaining its cohesion; and because it motivates new dialogue and a return to history and memory, the jury presents the Best Feature Documentary Award to The Lebanese Rocket Society by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige."
From 1960 to 1966, a space project was undertaken in Lebanon. Several rockets, which became larger and more powerful with time, were launched from the hills surrounding Beirut by a group of scientists, university students and army experts. This group, led by Manoug Manougian, was called: The Lebanese Rocket Society.
The Lebanese Rocket Society will be in theatres in 2013