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The second edition of Lebanon's European Theatre Festival opened Friday with Tamara Al Saadi's poignant French play, "Place".The play tells the story of Yasmine (Marie Tirmont), an Iraqi-born woman who immigrated to France with her family to escape the first Gulf War when she was a child.Torn between her mother's culture -- an Iraq that no longer exists -- and her present as a perfectly assimilated Frenchwoman, Yasmine splits into two.In order to read again, Yasmine must reconcile her past in Iraq with her life in France.The play goes back in time to Yasmine's family's life in Baghdad, before she was born. The story progresses along with young Yasmine, through her awkward teenage years trying to befriend French kids who gossip about things she can't relate to and view her as strange, to her early adulthood at university.
Picturing pines and posies
An homage to a nearby homeland
Capturing women’s quiet courage
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