Waves '98 - Palme D'or

Disillusioned with his life in the suburbs of segregated Beirut, Omar's discovery lures him into the depths of the city. Immersed into a world that is so close yet so isolated from his reality that he eventually finds himself struggling to keep his attachments, his sense of home. 

Waves ’98 is as much a narrative film as it is a personal visual essay dedicated to Dagher's hometown, Beirut.
The film is an artistic exploration of the director's current relation with his Lebanon, his home country, projected through the story of a teenager and set in 1998. Since moving abroad to study and work, Ely Dagher has been spending more and more time outside of Lebanon, and his attachment to Beirut started to become more and more complicated. The overall Narrative of the film is heavily based on Ely's efforts to understand his changing relationship with the city and its life, juxtaposed with the narrative of a teenager's exciting discovery of this segregated city. 

Film film viewable on request

Written and directed by Ely Dagher
Production: BeaverAndBeaver
Producer: Ely Dagher
Co-Producer: Nina Najjar
Co-Producer: Christina Farah
Art Work and Design: Ely Dagher
Animation Director: Ely Dagher
Animation: Ely Dagher Laure Escafadals Chadi Aoun
Assistant animator: Joost Jansen Margot Reumont Gwendoline Gamboa
Editing: Ely Dagher
Score: Zelig Sound / Matthew Wilcock
Sound Design: Zelig Sound / Matthew Wilcock
5.1 dub: Zelig Sound
Voice Over Recording: Jawad Chaaban
Omar’s Voice: Elie Bassila
Noura’s Voice: Cherine Khoury
Voice Coach: Roger Ghanem
Titling: Richard Kahwagi