The Night between Ali and I

( “Al layl bainani wa baina Ali”)

channel video-installation.

2015 / 8 min loop.

A collaboration between Nadia Hotait and Laila Hotait

“The night between Ali and I”, is a fictional reenactment of one of the key events that happened in Lebanese and Levantine contemporary History: the highjack of 39 hostages at the Bank of America in Beirut, on October 18th, 1973.

In this event four armed young fellows from the Lebanese Socialist Revolutionary Movement entered the bank, in Downtown Beirut, and asked from the authorities ten million dollars for the Arab fight against Imperialism in the region and the release of a few Arab political prisoners. They also requested that their demands and manifesto be published in the newspaper.

The installation displayed as a tryptich with three main voices: Amer Farrough, one of the 4 men, Mariam, Ali’s sister and our own narration of the events. The images evoke in a particular way what happened during the night of the 26 hours that lasted the hijack but very much as we imagine things happen during the assault, and how the interaction between hostages and guerrilla gunmen in our view with a particular dance, a “deconstructed” dabke.

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The Night between Ali and I


Postproduction Supervisor: Daniel Torrico

Image editing: Daniel Torrico and Nadia Hotait

Sound editing: Móskar and Laila Hotait

Camera: Karim Ghorayeb

Choreographer: Dima Hashisho

Camera Assistant: Nabil

Production Assistants: Mahmoud Abou Zeid

and Suraia Abud Coaiek

Carpentry: Abdulkader Abdullah

Voice over: Amer Farroukh, Mariam Cheaib,

Adnan Shaibth, Mohamed Cheaib

Poem by Ali Cheaib

Performers: Bassam Hachim, Chadi Rahal,

Daniel Chedid, Jean Nassif, Rabih Njeim,

Ahmad Refae, Ali Hachim, Mamoud El Bassis,

Youri Mattar, Khalil Hafety, Nicolas

Roubia, Leonid Ivamov, Mohamad Dirany,

Charbel Aboud, Mohamad Mahfouz, Rafi

Rougaz, Bilal Bitar, Charbel Semaan and

Michel Harayki

Special thanks to: Lola Salas, Maxon Higbee,

Pedro Cerisola, Mansour Aziz, Sassine

Kawsaly, Mahmoud Khourani, Mustafa Yamout

Zico, Ghassan Maasry, Abdul Munein Hoteit,

Mohamad Hamdar, Ghassan Hammash, Assaf

Building-180 Hamra-Ras Beirut, Mezian, Zico

House, Mansion and Estudio Potato

Dedicated to Alí Hotait

Installation views at

La Casa Encendida, Madrid

Still Images from the Video