01 Jan - 2021

Anti-sectarian & Merit-based State

Coordinator | Volunteer Needed
Documenters | Omar Bsat + Hala Hneini
Researchers | Lyne Sammury + Farah Zeineddine + Mohamad Moukadem + Stephanie Ghachibe
Author | Nader Akoum + Anhal Kozhaya
Advisor | Perla Daou + Nader Akoum
The Anti-Sectarian and Merit-Based State is a research project run by filmers, documenters, media researchers, surveyors, volunteers, and other actors involved in 'documentation for social impact.' It realizes itself based off of a sociopolitical awareness/ advocacy plan that is translated in audiovisuals, audio albums, and written narratives. This project sheds light on the failure of the system that Lebanon had accommodated for the past decades and encourages the concepts of a merit-based representation, inclusivity, and advocacy for an anti-sectarian government.
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Reduced Inequalities, Access to Knowledge, Employment Opportunities, and Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions.
Project Narrative
The justice system failed to live up to its name, and the rule of law couldn’t but stay a well-structured set of sentences in books. There is a system that feeds the interests of those who are on top of it, rather than that of the public interest and the common good [Collard, R. December 13, 2019]. The post-war political class and their ideological 'politics' failed to rescue the country from despair. Imad Salamey's “The Government and Politics of Lebanon” presents the wide gap between theory and practice in regards to the political reality of Lebanon. Unfortunately, Lebanese people are mostly misinformed about this gap and do not truly acknowledge the marginalization of the rule of law and the constitution that is carried out by our politicians and government officials. This has led our living environments to chaos and violations.
Beirut River Context Research
After revising the Lebanese constitution, the members were equipped to record and conduct field interviews, basing their question on the prior knowledge. The surveys/ discussions were investigations in the Karantina - Nahr Beirut - Bourj Hammoud radius since research had shown how highly contested this region is on the political, ethnic, environmental, and infrastructural level. The audiovisuals are a series of short episodes that portray the daily struggles of residents. The social impact aspect of the audiovisual aims to inform approaches to the problems either from experts or from the residents themselves. The cries from the streets and pulled knowledge is compiled into written testimonies and audio albums to add literature to the sociopolitical awareness/ advocacy.
Future Prospects
An archive of qualitative and quantitative knowledge related to these subjects in the forms on explainer/ advocacy documents and research papers will be upon review by the public. This compensates a knowledge gap and adds literature to existing problems.