I haven’t seen Danielle Arbid’s “Beirut Hotel” , but from watching the trailer, it seems to me that the film was banned from Lebanese movie theaters not for “endangering national security”, as was claimed by our ever intelligence-insulting censors, but because it features a double-whammy of a taboo: Explicit sex between a Lebanese woman and a foreign man.
I was toying with the idea that Danielle Arbid could be Lebanon’s Aliaa Mahdy , and apparently Arbid herself is not far from that thought. In her facebook page, there is only one other page that she ‘likes': That of Aliaa Mahdy.
We all know in advance the result of Arbid’s cleverly placed bait: More Lebanese than ever will now want to watch “Beirut Hotel”. Well played Danielle..