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As violence from the civil war in Syria increasingly spills over into neighboring Lebanon, filmmaker Jocelyne Saab is launching the second edition of the Intl. Cultural Resistance Festival, which will run in three locations, including Tripoli, a virtual no-go area for many Lebanese people.

Scheduled for Nov. 12-17, the unique fest will comprise two competitive sections (one for features and one for docus). There will also be a competition for student film reviews.

Besides Tripoli the Cultural Resistance fest will also run in Beirut and Zahle in Lebanon’s Beqaa valley.

“I choose cinema because it is a multifaceted mirror that gives you images that can restore your memory to make you keep going,” said Saab. “We’re living the rest of the war; so we need a rejuvenating effort.”

Saab’s taboo-tackling 2005 feature “Dunia Kiss Me Not on the Eyes,” went to Sundance.

Films at the Cultural Resistance Festival will be centered around three themes, one being historical wounds.

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