Tribeca ’11: Grandma, a Thousand Times
(trailer here), which has a special “Tribeca Talks” screening and panel discussion presentation during the upcoming 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
After raising six children, Teta Fatima now spends most of her days smoking Argileh and drinking coffee. She is still sharp as a tack though and very definitely a force within her tightly knit community in Beirut’s old quarter. Recognizing her advancing years, Kaabour set out to record his grandmother’s wisdom and experiences for posterity. Naturally, his namesake was a frequent topic of conversation. In fact, he led their interviews in this direction by playing a tape of his grandfather’s violin improvisations, recorded in their very apartment, for his grandmother.
Indeed, there is some lovely music in Thousand, which also boasts some inventive graphics. The two together arguably produced the coolest opening and closing credit sequences of this year’s festival. The film also has a sly sense of humor that seems to be the equal product of the director and his grandmother subject.