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The Lebanese Rocket Society (2012)

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From 1960 to 1966, a space project was undertaken in Lebanon. Several rockets, which became larger and more powerful with time, were launched from the hills surrounding Beirut by a group of... See full summary »
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Hampar Karageozian
Harry Koundakjian
Manoug Manougian
John Markarian
Joseph Sfeir
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From 1960 to 1966, a space project was undertaken in Lebanon. Several rockets, which became larger and more powerful with time, were launched from the hills surrounding Beirut by a group of scientists, university students and army experts. This group, led by Manoug Manougian, was called: The Lebanese Rocket Society. Written by Abbout Productions

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All in all, it's a good effort to document a piece of Lebanon's history otherwise forgotten.
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We've got accustomed in recent years to documentaries being educational and entertaining at once, this film takes a crack at the latter, but falls short. The second half is a bit weak, as it follows the activities of the filmmakers, some current events, unrelated to the topic, and a far-stretched animated sequence of an imaginary future had this program never been aborted.

While this review is starting a bit negative, I'm actually glad to have watched the film. The educational side of the documentary is where it shines, as it unearths a story that no one of my generation knows about, and no one of the previous generations remembers. It brings to light a great amount of old photos and footages, of students, scientists and army men, experimenting with rocket launching, material that could been lost forever had no one looked for it. And most interestingly, the filmmakers locate some of the people who were involved, most of them in their late life now, and give them a chance to tell their accounts on film one last time, if not first, while they're still here.

8/10 cause, all in all, it's a good effort to document a piece of Lebanon's history otherwise forgotten.


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