‘Beirut is a city that refuses to die. I love its energy and resilience’

For film-maker Mai Masri, this crumbling city on the Med, with a tortured past, is brimming with culture that continues to inspire artists and tourists

Beirut has a mix of beauty, history and anarchy that can be deeply inspiring. The element of the unexpected, even chaos, leaves a lot of space for creative expression. The reason I live in Beirut is because of the inspiration it gives me as an artist and film-maker. It challenges me and makes me feel connected. I feel that I am living in history as it happens. Here, I feel I can leave a mark and make a difference.

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