Becoming Al Pacino

2021, 52′, directed by Jean-Baptiste Pérétié, English.

Sunday 30 January 2022 at 20:00 Beirut time / 19:00 CET
Online screening
Followed by a discussion on Zoom Platform with
Hady Zaccak in English & French.
Online event

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in The Godfather: Part II.
Photo by Steve Schapiro/Corbis via Getty Images.


Al Pacino is a living legend of the cinema, with more than 40 theatrically-released movies to his credit. With the 50th anniversary of his big-screen debut fast approaching, Becoming Al Pacino probes the talents – and the demons – of this charismatic actor, while incorporating rare archives such as filmed essays and photos along with historical footage specifically related to his iconic films.

Famous for embracing content that exposes the hidden worlds of the Italian mafia, gay rights activists, law enforcement and bank robbers, Al Pacino has created many characters that we will never forget. From Michael Corleone in The Godfather to Tony Montana in Scarface, his dynamic, powerful range spans from Broadway to television in addition to theaters throughout the world. A journey through his meteoric rise and tempestuous story from the beginning – until present day.



Hady Zaccak
is a Lebanese award-winning filmmaker and a professor-researcher at IESAV film School, Saint-Joseph University, Beirut. He is the author of more than 20 socio-political documentaries about Lebanon and the Arab world. His selective filmography includes:
Ya Omri (104 wrinkles) (2017) (Jury Award Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden, 2017),
Kamal Joumblatt, Witness and Martyr (2015) (Francophone Trophy for the best documentary 2016),
Marcedes (2011) (FIPRESCI Award (the International Federation of Film Critics)-Dubai International Film Festival 2011),
A History Lesson (2009) (1st prize Arab Film Festival-Rotterdam 2010),
The War of Peace (2007), Refugees for Life (2006) …
In addition to his films, Zaccak is the author of two books on cinema: The Last Screening, a biography of Cilama Tripoli (2021) and Lebanese Cinema, an itinerary of a cinema heading for the unknown (1929-1996) (1997). Zaccak seeks through his work to document the traces of the past in the present and to preserve memory.

in partnership with U.S.Embassy Beirut