Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano

Dir. Cyril Aris; 2023


Willy Wilson @ Ragtag Fri, Mar 1 1:00 PM
Q&A with producer Myriam Sassine
Big Ragtag Sat, Mar 2 8:15 PM
Q&A with producer Myriam Sassine
Film Info
Original Language:Arabic, English, French


In the wake of the catastrophic explosion that ravaged Beirut's port on August 4th, 2020, the city grapples with immense tragedy. Among the many caught in the chaos, filmmaker Mounai Akl and her crew face a pivotal decision - forge ahead with production of their film, Costa Brava, Lebanon, or succumb to the desolation around them. Cyril Aris’ Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano unfolds as a poignant tale of the crew’s resilience amid ruin. Aris captures their compelling struggle, revealing the crew’s unyielding spirit as they seek purpose and healing through their craft, navigating not only the disaster but also the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, power outages, and torrential downpours. As he guides us through this journey, he paints a vivid portrait of a shattered Beirut, the capital of a nation beset with economic crisis and political instability. (EP) This film contains images of blood.