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A Very Big Shot

“Film Ktir Kbir”, litterally “A Very Big Shot”, is the only Lebanese movie that was part of Toronto Film Festival in its 40th session, which is one of the most prominent film festivals around the world and stands among Cannes, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals.

“Film Ktir Kbir”, written and directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, received a huge success where 450 persons attended its first session. Moreover, all the tickets were sold within few hours after the ticket selling announcement. It was well received by the press and film critics that it was compared to “Argo”.

The first show, on November 16, 2015, was allocated to the press with the presence of about seventy journalists and mass media from various media sectors. A conference was held after the show, during which the film was discussed with all talk show presenter Marcel Ghanem, who and Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, the film’s director and writer.

This movie is characterized by its interesting and straight to the point topic. It is a story that reflects the facts lived within the Lebanese society.

It is the story of a Lebanese drug smuggler who intends to stop this illegal business following the release of his younger brother from prison, and open a restaurant they can run together. But he had to face the refusal of the people he used to work with. The plot kept evolving until Ziad made a discovery that can change the whole course of events within a framework blended between laughter, humor and excitement.

It is important to mention the movie’s cast: Alain Saadeh, Fouad Yammine, Tarek Yaacoub, Alexandra Kahwaji, Wissam Fares, Georges Hayeck, Fadi Abi Samra. The dialogue is translated from Arabic into English and French.

“Film Ktir Kbir”, 105 minutes length, will be showing in cinemas across Lebanon as of November 19, 2015.

POPE FRANCIS

Early Life and Education

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936, to Italian immigrants. As a young man, Bergoglio underwent surgery to remove part of one of his lungs due to serious infection. He graduated from a technical school as a chemical technician . In March 1958, he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus.

Bergoglio taught literature and psychology in 1964 and 1966. He studied theology and received a degree from the Colegio of San José from 1967 to 1970. Moreover, he finished his doctoral thesis in theology in Germany in 1986.

Entering Priesthood

Bergoglio became a priest in December 1969. He began serving as Jesuit provincial of Argentina in 1973. He later returned to the Colegio of San José, where he served as rector (1980-86) as well as a professor of theology.

On May 20, 1992, he became titular bishop of Auca and auxiliary of Buenos Aires. In February 1998, he became archbishop of Buenos Aires. In February 2001, he was elevated to cardinal by Pope John Paul II, named the cardinal-priest of Saint Robert Bellarmino. In 2005, he became president of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, serving in that position until 2011.

Becoming Pope

On March 13, 2013, at the age of 76, Jorge Bergoglio became the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Becoming the first American citizen  and first Jesuit priest to be a pope. He adopted the name Pope Francis. Prior to 2013, Pope Francis had served as both archbishop and cardinal for more than 12 years.

The tone of his papacy, which has become admired globally, was established long before his elevation to the church’s highest position. However, when they named him to that post, the media quickly picked up on stories of his humility. News circulated about the fact that he would choose to live in a simple two-room apartment rather than the luxurious papal accommodations.  He broke traditions that have been upheld by popes for more than a century.

Donald Trump

Childhood & Early Life

Donald Trump was born in 1946 in Queens,New York City. His farther was a builder and real estate agent. At the age of 13, he went to the New York Military Academy. He graduated in 1964. Then, he entered the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1968.

Career

He joined his father’s company, ‘Elizabeth Trump and Son’. He became deeply involved in the project  with a $500,000 investment.
In 1971, Donald Trump moved to Studio apartment in Manhattan, New York and got involved in larger projects.

In 1985, he bought Mar-a-lago estate in Palm beach, Florida. In 1988, he bought the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Also in 1989, he bought a fleet of Boeing 727 airplanes to form Trump air shuttle service. Unfortunately, a helicopter crash killed three Trump casino executives which lead to big legal issues. By 1989, poor business decisions left him unable to meet loan payments. The increasing debt soon brought him to business bankruptcy.

In 1990, Trump regained his previous stable financial position and fame. Then, he opened the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City.

In 1996, he got the ownership of Miss Universe Organization.

In 2003, Donald Trump became a partner with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Where he became the executive producer and host of the NBC reality show, ‘The Apprentice’. After a great success, he co-produced a show, ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’.

On October 21, 2004, Trump Hotels and Casino & Resorts declared a restructuring of its debt which led to a reduction in his individual ownership.

His Experience as a Candidate

In the 2000 elections he expressed his wish to run as a candidate for the US presidency. Furthermore, for 2004 and 2008, he speculated about running for president in the Republican Party. He again registered as a Republican in 2009.

In 2010-2012, his involvement in politics returned when he publicly announced his consideration of candidature for president-ship again. However, his association with the ‘Birther issue’ disparaged his political reputation. However, he continued to be against Obama on various political issues.

 In January 2013, he endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He was also a featured speaker at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Biography: Larry Page

Lawrence Page aka Larry Page is a computer scientist and an Internet entrepreneur. He founded Google Inc. in partnership with Sergey Brin. In addition, he is the CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc.

Early Life

Larry was born on the 26th of March, 1973 in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S. His father is Carl Vincent Page; “Pioneer in computer science and artificial intelligence”, as Will Smale said; a BBC reporter. In addition, his mother is Jewish, her name is Gloria and she used to be a computer programming instructor in Michigan State University; the same place where his father used to be a computer science professor. However, Lawrence was not raised in a religious way.

 Larry and Computers

Page’s house, as he said, was full of things that had to do with technology and first generation personal computers. When he was 6 years old, his parents let him play with their PCs, so he developed a love for technology and computers. Larry was the first kid in his school who made an assignment on a word processor. Lawrence’s brother was also a reason, because he taught him how to take everything apart and see how things worked. Later on, Larry realized how much he likes technology and was eager to know how to invent new things.

Education

Larry went to Okemos Montessori School from 1975 until 1979. In 1991, he graduated from East Lansing High school. Furthermore, when Larry was in high school he took saxophone classes for 2 summers.

As for university education; Page has a Bachelor Degree of science in computer engineering – University of Michigan.

In addition, He got a Master Degree of science in computer science – Stanford University.

Moreover, his PHD research that he did with Sergey Brin, Became the most searched and downloaded scientific document in the history of the internet.

More about Larry

Page likes investing in renewable energy technology. He encourages the idea of cars that work on electricity and in a present investor in Tesla Motors. Furthermore, he is married to Lucinda Southworth and has two children.

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