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In “Rima Kamel”, Rabih Mroué traces the early career of the Lebanese
singer Rima Khcheich. Khcheich – and inseparably connected with her,
the child singer Rima Kamel – enter a dialogue and embark on a journey
into her past, all the way back to childhood and an archive of memories,
as well as collected and hidden objects. These are linked to the
question of her origins and the hopes that were once pinned on Rima
Kamel, the child singer. With reference to the individual history of a
single person, Mroué shows how biographies are always marked by the
cultural and political situation of a country. Intertwined with the
history of Lebanon, which is a society between modernity and tradition,
Rima Khcheich turns to the singer Rima Kamel to explore forgetting and
memory and to reveal the burdens of the past, which extend into the
In co-production with Ashkal Alwan Beirut, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main.