Video: “History has found me” – Oak featuring Julia from Postcards (Lebanon)

Beats and Breath spent a day with two filmmakers (director/editor Tony H. Khoury & producer/director Karim Koleilat) and two extremely talented songwriters – Allen Seif known as Oak – and Julia Sabra from the Beirut Indy band Postcards. The result was the video for the song “History has found me” – shot and recorded on-location in the West Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. Below the video is a little description I wrote up detailing the magic we all felt on that day.


Video Directed/Edited by Tony H. Khoury – Additional Camerawork by Karim Koleilat and Jackson Allers

By Jackson Allers

Our goal was a simple one – take a small team of filmmakers and trek to the West Bekaa valley to shoot a live video song-session with solo artist Oak and Julia Sabra from the group Postcards. The song – “History has found me” – was one of Oak’s compositions, and was now a duet.

As we made our way out of the city towards the West Bekaa valley on the Chtaura/Damascus highway, it began to sink in that this was an important day for everyone involved.

We left the pollution that hung like a brown pall over Beirut, and as the air got more fresh, the windows in the car remained open. It was more than an analogy: we began to breathe deeper and everyone in the car got more relaxed.

All of us enjoyed the beauty of the ride particularly when we caught the first glimpses of the valley below us.

Our search for a location ended in an expansive green field of new wheat between Hauch ed Dibs and Sahret el Qach – a short ways from the Aammiq wetlands, and a few kilometres from Chtaura.

The Syrian border was in walking distance. We were surrounded by the snow covered peaks of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range on one side, and the closer foothills of the Lebanon mountain range on the other.

The wind stirred up the wheat in water like waves, and the occasional tractor or pick-up truck filled with workers rolled by our little encampment; there were no sounds of the war nearby.

What filled us up that day was song and the company we kept. Julia’s shaker. Their harmonies. Oak’s guitar. The late winter sun. The clean northern air. The bedouin families bedded down along the highway nearby tending their flocks.

We smelled the first stages of spring, and the dampness of old snow.

“Cause home is where I am free
And where I am free is here, near you
This mountain climb, this moment in time”

When it was finished, and all the b-roll was shot and the last note was sung – as the sun quickly vanished behind the Lebanon range – we packed up our equipment and walked euphorically to our car.

I think I speak for everyone when I say that we all felt lighter; more fulfilled. For a brief moment we got to put aside our cares and exist in a utopian musical and filmic moment.

Beirut felt different when we returned.

Oak video still 1

Lyrics:

“History Has Found Me”
——————-
History has found me why has she
Images behind me,
will I ever know where I am gonna be

Washing of the water can you wake me
Current of this river could you take me down to the sea

Chorus:
Cause my heart is where I am free
And where I am free is here, near you
This mountain climb, this moment in time
Hey, sail my thoughts sail
, I see myself in you

History has found me why has she
Images behind me,
will I ever know where I am gonna be

Shimmer of the morning waken my heart
Velvet of this evening don’t let us part before we start

Chorus:
Cause home is where I am free
And where I am free is here, near you
This mountain climb, this moment in time

Ohh, flow river flow, I see myself in you
Grow baby grow, I see myself in you

Sing nightingale sing, I see myself in you
When you smile lover smile, I see myself in you

History has found me why has she
Images behind me will I ever know where I am gonna be

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