Mapping Bourj Hammoud



Mapping Bourj Hammoud is a collaborative ethnographic project organized by filmmaker and anthropologist Joanne Nucho and artist Rosy Kuftedjian.


These drawings were produced by a number of collaborators and participants throughout the production of The Narrow Streets of Bourj Hammoud, a documentary film about the experiences of residents of Bourj Hammoud, both recent arrivals and those who have lived their whole lives in this suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. A trailer for the film can be found here. Taking seriously the interplay between urban space and experience, these drawings were prompted by two simple questions: “What has changed in this place? What do you remember?” However, the drawings are not merely a conduit for eliciting memories. They are also, in themselves, significant works of art.


Contributions to the Bourj Hammoud archive, a collection of images, photographs, drawings and documents in or about Bourj Hammoud are welcome.


This project was completed with generous support from a Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ethnographic Film from the Wenner Gren Foundation. For more information on this project or The Narrow Streets of Bourj Hammoud please contact Joanne at