by Growing Cedars in Air


Ask anyone you meet, what they know about Lebanon and you will invariably receive one or both of the following replies:

“Oh, yeah, Beirut! It was once the Riviera of the Middle East. Great place to party!” Or “A damn shame what war has done to that country, poor people.”

If Lebanon has seen nothing but war and parties for the last 40 years with no culture of its own, then how could it have provided so much to world culture in the sciences, arts, design, fashion, music, world politics, business and entertainment?

“Growing Cedars in Air” is a indie documentary video project about personal discovery of what it means to be Lebanese…about the living heritage and unique culture that has allowed Lebanese to flourish wherever they settle. ”Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to go home. Not my parents house in whatever country they happened to be living in, at that time. But my ancestral home, the land of my dreams: burnt earth under olive trees and rocky hillsides shadowed by secular cedars, their roots reaching deep into the core of the earth….my earth…my roots.” Mark Abouzeid, director of Growing Cedars in Air.

These films gather Lebanese people of all walks, local and abroad, to tell their own stories of Lebanon and their lives across recent history, including:

Edd Abbas, Lyricist / Producer; Rania Abouzeid, Award Winning Journalist; Aziza, Lebanese Singer and Songwriter; Michel Elefteriades, the Emperor of Nowheristan; Jennifer El Hage, fashion and graphic designer; Robert Fisk, Award Winning Journalist/Writer; Barbara Massaad, International Gourmand Cookbook Award recipient; Kamal Mouzawak, founder of Souk el Tayeb; Mohamad Rifaii, Art Director and Visual Artist; Laila Sarkis, aka Djette, female DJ in Beirut; Rania Tabbara, Artist and Art promoter; Rami Tibi of Rama's Whisper.


Maria, a new Angel in heaven...

Maria, a new Angel in heaven...
The story of Maria. Diagnosed with Congenital Heart disease at 5th month during pregnancy, born and struggled for 52 days in hospital but then...


The Rabbit Island , North Lebanon جزيرة الارانب ، شمال لبنان (Palm Island)

The Rabbit Island , North Lebanon جزيرة الارانب ، شمال لبنان (Palm Island)
The Rabbit Island or Palm Island or Jaziret l araned is the biggest island in Lebanon stretching at 4.2 KM2, it is located 5.5 Km from the coast...


Timelapse: Yaroun - Beirut then Jounieh in 3 Minutes

Timelapse: Yaroun - Beirut then Jounieh in 3 Minutes
Timelapse a 3 hour drive from Yaroun to Beirut and continuing to Jounieh squeezed into 3 minutes.
Yaroun is a village in south of Lebanon...


The Phonecian Wall Batroun (Phonecian Wall, Batroun, Norh Lebanon)

The Phonecian Wall Batroun (Phonecian Wall, Batroun, Norh Lebanon)
The Phoenician wall of Batroun and Saydet el Baher and actually all of the Batroun area is an amazing place and must be planned during your visit...


I Green Beirut - A family friendly event that was held in Beirut by JCILebanon

I Green Beirut - A family friendly event that was held in Beirut by JCILebanon
The day featured a set of DIY planting workshops by nature expert Marc Beyrouthy & his team (Nature by Marc Beyrouthy), as well as special dancing...