Documentary, director: Hady Zaccak, Lebanon, 2011, 68 min., Arab. with En. ST
“Marcedes” takes us on a journey across Lebanon’s history from the 1950s until today through the perspective of a very influential family of German migrants: the Mercedes cars, labeled locally “Marcedes”. The story of this powerful German-Lebanese family starts with the arrival of the Mercedes Ponton, the 180 model (1953-1962), which became a pop icon of the pre-war Lebanon and witnessed the many transformations the country underwent during and after the civil war. Using rare archive material, Marcedes is conceived as a playful and affectionate chronicle of almost 5 decades of Lebanese history, exploring the involvement of the “Marcedes” Ponton and its descendants in the Lebanese political scene and in the daily life of the country’s citizens.