NCCAR friends enjoyed an evening of film and discussion around the film “Asfouri” at the World Film Festival in Montreal. The story of a crumbling building and its inhabitants was a metaphor for the story of Lebanon during the civil war.

DATE: Monday, September 2nd

TIME: 6:20 PM

FILM LOCATION: Cinéma Cineplex Odeon, Quartier Latin 13, 350 Emery Street Montreal, QC, H2X 1J1

The film will be followed by a discussion and dinner/drinks.

DINNER LOCATION: Le Saint-Sulpice, 1680 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X 3K

For more information and to purchase your tickets in advance online, please click here. Tickets are available at box office – we suggest arriving by 6:00pm to buy your own tickets.

Look for NCCAR Board Member, Rula Odeh, who will be holding an NCCAR sign for those who would like to sit together.

Please RSVP so that we know how many people will be joining us for this event and to reserve a table at the restaurant. Please RSVP to Operations Manager, Hoda Mroue, at or call 613-238-3795.

We hope to see you there!


Beirut in the 1970s. Karim, a young Muslim boy, lives with his family in the Sanayeh district of the city, in a traditional building, built by his grandfather in the 1920s. One day, the residents have a meeting to discuss maintenance problems. Restoration work is needed, but they cannot agree on what colour to paint its facade. Their meeting is disrupted by the sounds of the approaching civil war… In the 90s, the fighting is over. A sense of hope pervades. Karim, now grown up, is back from the US. There is new construction everywhere. He tries to make sense of a city he no longer recognizes.

Watch the trailer for the film here.


Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1964, Fouad Alaywan graduated in cinema from Montana State University before embarking on a filmmaking career in Europe and Lebanon. He has worked since 1998 at Exit Film Production in Beirut. Filmography: Blue Night (2000) Ya Salam (2002), Hawa Beirut (2002), A Plus (2006). ASFOURI is his first feature.