I am Fuad, a Lebanese freelance fiction and script writer and a fresh graduate from Kino Eyes, an Erasmus+ program that I completed here in Lisbon. Now I’m back to this charming city because I am simply fascinated with its details, its light, and its stone. It’s hidden nooks and crannies are what make it a jewel at the far end of Europe.
I am also an avid history buff and very interested in how mythological/political/social narratives inform the way we see, understand, and interpret the world. Because of that I just love telling stories. I believe that all stories emerge from a reality that – when explained – transforms into a collection of symbols. And from these symbols we make connections that transform fictions into truths. This is why I see fact and fiction to be part and parcel of the same symbolic narratives.
By taking a walk through a different type of Lisbon (through its streets, stairs, hills and squares) I will take you on an experience of personal infatuation with a city I’ve grown to call a second home.
What we’ll do
Through the medium of humour, irony and culture, we want to explore some interesting and engaging topics that are pulsing through the city of Lisbon: city-planners, gentrification, tourism, immigrant communities, politics and subcultures.
We’ll go on a long walk in the back alleys and less-desirable parts of the city in order to discern their hidden beauty. We’ll be introduced to the different communities and subcultures that reside among these narrow streets and dilapidated buildings. We’ll smell different aromas of restaurants in the Indian and Bengali neighborhoods, we’ll see the illicit scribbles of the different leftist movements that have left their mark on the city’s politics. We’ll taste the far eastern cuisine of illegal Chinese restaurants. We’ll hear the contrast between silent residential neighborhoods and squares bustling with nightcrawlers. Essentially, we’ll feel what it is like to be in a city with so many different colors.
I believe that only in looking at the ugly can we decide what we truly think is beautiful and I challenge you to develop your and my opinions of this city. I rarely meet people who connect the words ‘Lisbon’ and ‘Ugly’, and we’re going to find out why…