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Fifteen years after a traumatic explosion in his native Beirut, Kamal Maf'ouss returns from France, where he was nationalized and become a composer-choreographer. He reassembles youth ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Rodney El Haddad ...
Kamal Maf'ouss
Nada Abou Farhat ...
Liliane Nemri ...
Omar Rajeh ...
Mounir Malaeb ...
Bshara Atallah ...
Joelle Rizk ...
Mahfouz Barakat ...
William Maswani
Mahmoud Mabsout ...
Mr. Naim
Bader Haddad ...
Alia's Mother
Youssef Emalhoub ...
Alia's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Khaled Abdallah
Rouwelda Attieh


Fifteen years after a traumatic explosion in his native Beirut, Kamal Maf'ouss returns from France, where he was nationalized and become a composer-choreographer. He reassembles youth friends from his late pa's multicultural school. They pimp a decommissioned school bus to tour the country in preparation of Lebanon's annual festival of the choral dance-song genre Debka. Opinions clash on their modern, cosmopolitan version of a traditional genre, even among their friends and family, while other personal problems complicate matters further. Written by KGF Vissers

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Musical | War





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15 March 2006 (United Arab Emirates)  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

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Writer/director Philippe Aractingi appears in the movie as one of the judges in the dance contest. See more »


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Bosta - A 100% Lebanese Feature Film
22 January 2006 | by (Beirut, Lebanon) – See all my reviews

It's a fever that has spread like wildfire, not only in Lebanon but in the entire Arab World. Watching Philippe Aractingi's "Bosta" is not an option. It's a necessity. Here's why...

Following the premiere on December 1, "Bosta" has topped the box office ratings in Lebanon, beating Harry Potter among other international blockbusters.

If you're Lebanese, you can expect - for once and for the first time - to see yourself in a world-class Lebanese feature film/musical, yourself as you are, not a melodramatized version of who you're supposed to be. "Bosta" is a movie about modern Lebanese identity. Beneath the colloquial Lebanese dialogue runs a subtext that reaches deep into the roots of Lebanese consciousness. The plot touches on sensitive themes (postwar survival, children/parent relationships, adult temptations, national identity, self-worth) and functions on several levels (that of the society, family, and individual). It captures the dynamics of many a dichotomy: the individual vs. the group, local vs. expatriate, young vs. old, past vs. present. Encompassing so much that evokes identification, "Bosta" will have a personal meaning for every Lebanese viewer.

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