La Casquette (the Hat)

France / 2022 / Documentation / 03:26 min

In a powerful and intimate portrayal, Hadi confronts the camera as he begins to dress, providing a window into his thoughts on the current state of affairs. He candidly shares the burden he carries, the weight of discrimination and misconceptions that weigh heavily on him, as someone who identifies as both gay and Arab. Through his words, Hadi explores the challenges he faces, grappling with the question of what to do with this immense weight he bears. This introspective and thought-provoking portrayal sheds light on the complexities of identity, discrimination, and the internal struggle of navigating societal expectations. Hadi's story serves as a reminder of the resilience and strength required to navigate the intersectionality of multiple stigmatized identities, as he strives to find his own path forward amidst the weight he carries.
Friday, 25.08. 19:00
Block 10

Film maker
Hadi Moussally

Hadi Moussally was born in Lebanon in 1987. By age 18, he decides to go study film direction in France where he acquires his first master’s degree in “Fiction Cinema” from Paris-Est Marne la Vallée University. Moussally then chooses to take on a complementary master's in “Documentary and Anthropological Cinema” from Paris X Nanterre University, in the course of Jean Rouch. In that respect, Hadi Moussally acquainted himself with reality cinema. The anthropological and documentary approach accustoms him with the sense of keen observation of his subjects and alerts him to the importance of instantaneous shooting; whereas his fictional background gives him the urge of creating sensual, esthetically pleasing imagery universes. From 2012, Hadi Moussally shifts towards the world of fashion and directs several experimental films some of which received various distinctions in festivals. In 2014 he made his first documentary on the end of his grandmother's life and in 2016 a docu-portrait on a senior model. In 2018 he completed an experimental project on albinism "Positive" whose photos have been exhibited at UNESCO, the City Hall of Paris and the Beirut Art Fair as well. In 2015 he founded the production unit H7O7 whose main objective is to enable the making and promotion of films and photos with a "hybrid" vocation where is privileged the mixture of genres between experimental, documentary, fashion, and fiction. His films have been awarded worldwide and have received more than 25 awards and 200 selections in international festivals. In 2020, he founded the collective “Hybrid Wave” with around 30 hybrid artists from around the world.