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Bashasha (left) and a friend.
Studio Shehrazade, Saida, Lebanon, late 1950s.
Hashem el Madani

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“Films inspired people a lot. They came to perform kissing in front of a camera. In a conservative society such as Saida, people were willing to play the kiss between two people of the same sex, but very rarely between a man and a woman. I remember only one couple who came to the studio and kissed in front of the camera, and they were not married. The rest of them were people of the same sex. One of them plays the woman, while the other plays the man.”
June 2011