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Daniele Rugo, Abi Weaver, Dana Abi Ghanem and Maria Kastrinou

Dark Beirut: The (In)Visibility of Electricity

[Electricity pole in Hamra. Photo by Abi Weaver, 2016]

As filmmakers and researchers working on electricity in Beirut, it is tempting to become too attached to the visible, namely electricity wires that drape the city like garlands, dangerously gaping down at pedestrians, changing their paths, forcing detours. The ubiquity of wires stretching like lianas from rooftops, or hanging heavily in overgrown bunches from leaning poles, inches from your head is difficult to avoid. The crowding of sky and street by intertwining cables, ...

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Daniele Rugo is Senior Lecturer in Film at Brunel University London. He is a practising filmmaker and his main research interests are in documentary practice, film-philosophy and world cinema. He is the author of two books: Philosophy and the Patience of Film (2016) and Jean-Luc Nancy and the Thinking of Otherness (2013).

Abi Weaver is a Film Producer working across broadcast television and film. She has developed and produced several primetime documentaries for Channel 4, BBC, ITV and Channel 5. She holds a BA in Theatre from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MA in Performance & Research from The Central School of Speech and Drama.

Dana Abi Ghanem is Lecturer in Sustainability and Project Management at the Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester. She is interested in the intersections of technology and society, specifically energy technologies, infrastructure and electricity consumption. Her research engages with scholarship from science and technology studies, sociology, theories of practice, and cultural geography.

Maria Kastrinou is Lecturer in Anthropology at Brunel University London. Her research focuses on sect and state relations, energy, and Syrian refugees in the Middle East and South-Eastern Mediterranean. She conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Syria and is the author of the recently published book Power, sect and state in Syria.