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Kash Kash (2022)

HRAFF Presents

Opening Night: Kash Kash – Without Feathers We Can't Live

كش كش من دون الريش ما فينا نعيش

Lea Najjar | Lebanon, Qatar, Germany | 2022 | Unclassified (15+)

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Thu 4 May 2023

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Under the golden sun of Beirut, we discover an unexpected bearer of hope: the pigeon game of chance, Kash Hamam. Their flight follows the choreography of ancient tradition.

A piece of delicate yet vigorous cinema.

Jury Statement CHP:DOX, NEXT:WAVE Award

On the flat rooftops high above the labyrinthine streets are three men who have bonded over their love of pigeons; and a girl who dreams of entering the masculine game.

Lea Najjar’s cinematic debut is an extraordinary portrait of her hometown, Beirut. A city shaped by a corrupt elite, protests and one of the biggest ammonium nitrate explosions of the 21st century. Its hard-pressed citizens come together to build communities despite the chaos. A vivid, impressionistic snapshot from an already eminent director.

This film features a pre-recorded introduction from director Lea Najjar.


Kash Kash celebrated its world premiere at the CPH: DOX in Copenhagen where it won the NEXT:WAVE Competition for best debut and emerging filmmaker from the international scene.

About the Director

Lea Najjar was born in 1994 in Vienna, grew up in Beirut and graduated high school from the City. International School in Beirut. She then completed her Freshman degree at the American University of Beirut (A.U.B) in 2013. During her school years, she worked as a press photographer. From 2014 she studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and finished her Diploma in documentary directing with her first feature film Kash Kash.

Format: DCP
Language: Arabic with English Subtitles
Runtime: 90 mins

Event duration

90 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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