Ely Dagher’s (MA Image and Communication, 2009) Waves ’98 has won the Palme d’Or for Short Films at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. He is the first Lebanese director to win at Cannes since 1991 and his 15-minute film focuses on his own relationship with his home country.
Waves ’98 is an animated film which tells the story of Omar, a teenager growing up in Beirut in the late 1990s. The film draws on Ely’s own experiences of growing up in Lebanon and his reflections on his home since he has left. Since graduating from Goldsmiths Ely has spent time in Berlin and Brussels, returning to Beirut regularly in between.
Ely has spoken out about the love/hate relationship he has with Lebanon – a result of spending time there and away, trying to fit in when he returns and missing it when he is away.
Ely’s work blends his expertise in film, painting and installation, exploring science fiction, surrealism and the occult. In addition to filmmaking and directing, his artwork and installations have been featured in several exhibitions and publications around the world. You can find out more about his work on his website.