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Odorless Blue Flowers Awake Prematurely
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Odorless Blue Flowers Awake Prematurely (Panos Aprahamian)

Odorless Blue Flowers Awake Prematurely is the dystopia-as-documentary rather than as fiction, since, for many inhabitants of this world, the apocalypse is not a future possibility but a historical reality. The short documentary essay explores Beirut’s overlooked and marginalized areas that were also affected by the blast on August 4, 2020. These areas sit on both sides of the Beirut river’s banks. The river became a conductor for the blast’s wave due to its length and the fact that it is devoid of barriers. The film refers to the 4th of August, 2020, as the day the world ended yet remaining factual as at this point, reality sounds apocalyptic with a global pandemic, deadly pollution, desolate neighborhoods, financial meltdown, resource scarcity, and food shortage.

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