• Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

    Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live



  • Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

    Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live



  • Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

    Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live



  • Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

    Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live



  • Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

    Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live



  • Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

    Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live



  • Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

    Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live



  • Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

    Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live



  • Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

    Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live



  • Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

    Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live



Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

a film by Lea Najjar

Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

Germany, Lebanon, Qatar | 2022 | 90:00 min

Content Categories

Documentary
59min or 90min versions available
Synopsis
Above Beirut flies an unexpected bearer of hope: the pigeon game "Kash Hamam". During the recent dystopian political collapse, we embark on a journey from roof to roof and observes a city in turmoil from the perspective of three pigeon players and a young girl fighting to release her own birds.



Under the golden sun of Beirut, men stand on rooftops and shoot oranges at the sky. They do this to scare their pigeons, make them fly further, and make them stronger. They play the game Kash Hamam, where you have to lure the other players’ pigeons into your own pigeon loft. If you succeed, there’s Kash. And then you cut the feathers off the pigeon. Or feed it to the cats. Lea Najjar’s cinematic debut is a vital portrait of her hometown Beirut. A city hit by a corrupt elite, popular protests and one of the biggest explosions of the 21st century. But also a city where its hard-pressed citizens come together and form communities despite the chaos. On the flat rooftops high above the labyrinthine streets, we meet three men who have bonded over their love of pigeons – and a girl who dreams of entering the masculine game, Kash Hamam. A vivid, impressionistic snapshot from an already eminent director. [CPH:DOX]

“From a tiny anecdote this film expands its cinematic universe and unveils the disillusionment of an entire city – an entire country. From the opening scene’s claustrophobic setting, to the final wide eye of an artificial pigeon, witnessing the place it took flight from. We, the jury, wish to give this year’s Next:Wave Award to a piece of delicate yet vigorous cinema: ‘Kash Kash – Without Feathers We Can’t Live’” [Jury CPH:DOX]

Festivals/Awards
2022
NEXT:WAVE Award — CPH:DOX, Denmark
37 DOK.fest Munich, Germany
Most Original Documentary – Millenium Festival Brussels, Belgium
Ethnocineca - Ethnographic And Documentary Filmfest, Austria
Karlsruher Dokumentarfestival dokKa, Germany
Durban International Film Festival, South Africa
Dokufest, View From the World Kosovo August
Apricot Tree Ujan International Documentary Film Festival, Competition, Armenia
Filmfestival Kitzbühel, Austria
International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, International Section, India
BlackStar Film Festival, USA
German Film Week, Lebanon
Winner First Steps Award - Documentary, Germany
Ajyal Film Festival, Quatar
MOVE IT! Filmfestival für Menschenrechte, Germany
DOC NYC, USA (2022)
Cork International Film Festival, Cinematic Documentary Award competition, Ireland
Best Documentary – EnergaCAMERIMAGE, Documentary Features Competition, Poland
2023
FIPADOC Biarritz, France

Cast and Crew
  • Director Lea Najjar
  • Producer Matthias Drescher (FFL Film- und Fernseh-Labor)
  • Director of Photography Talal Khoury, Jonas Schneider
  • Editor Tobias Wilhelmer
Original Languages

Arabic

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