Memory Box


Maia, a single mother, lives in Montreal with her teenage daughter, Alex. On Christmas Eve, they receive an unexpected delivery: notebooks, tapes, and photos Maia sent to her best friend from 1980’s Beirut. Maia refuses to open the box or confront its memories, but Alex secretly begins diving into it. 

Screenplay: Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas, Gaëlle Macé

Cinematography: Josée Deshaies

Editing: Tina Baz

Cast: Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier

Producer: Carole Scotta, Georges Schoucair

Production: Haut et Court, Abbout Productions

Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige

The work of Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige interrogates the creation of images and representation, from the construction of the imaginary to the writing of contemporary history. Their feature films “The Lebanese Rocket Society”, “A Perfect Day” and “Je Veux Voir”, have been screened and awarded in major international festivals, and their artworks are exhibited in prominent museums worldwide. In 2017, they were awarded the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize. Hadjithomas and Joreige are the co-founders of Abbout Productions and serve as executive board members of the Metropolis Cinema in Beirut.

African Premiere

Lebanon, France

Fiction, 2021, Color, 102 min

Film Information

French, Arabic


Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige