The Lebanese Rocket Society

Feature film

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

Country : France / Lebanon / Qatar
Year : 2012
Length : 1h35
Genre : Documentary
Infos : Color

Cinematography : Jeanne Lapoirie
Music : Nadim Mishlawi
Montage : Tina Baz
Producers : Edouard Mauriat, Georges Schoucair 

Distribution : Urban Distribution



In the early 60’s, durant the Cold War and the « Panarabism », a group of lebanese students and researchers throw themselves in the space race et create the Lebanese Rocket Society. Can dreams overcome the upheavals of History?


Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige collaborate as filmmakers and artists. For the last 15 years, they have focused on the images, representations and history of their home country, Lebanon and questioned the fabrication of imaginaries in the region and beyond. Together, they have directed documentaries. Their last feature film, Je Veux Voir (I Want to See), starring Catherine Deneuve, premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2008..

They have created numerous photographic installations, and artworks that have been shown in differents museums, such as Musee d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; FNAC; the Guggenheim, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, France;

In 2012 they presented their feature documentary The Lebanese Rocket Society, the strange tale of the Lebanese space race and a series of artistic installations around the space project of the 60's.


Cendres (2003), A perfect day (2005), Enfances (2007), Je veux voir (2008), The Lebanese Rocket Society (2012)

The Lebanese Rocket Society : l'étrange aventure spatiale libanaise !

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