What are the practical and symbolic meanings and uses of public spaces and how is the notion of ‘public’ re-conceptualised in periods of crisis? How do people react when public spaces are at stake and how do they claim them when they are threatened for economical and political reasons?
The War of Kings and Pigeons, 2014, a short movie shot in Beirut will be screened as part of this round table. Dalieh is a natural stretch of coast – one of the last accessible coastal areas in Beirut, inhabited by fishermen and their families. This popular recreational area is under threat of being privatised and closed off from the public.