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From the Ted Talk by Mounia Akl: How film captures the space between hope and despair

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I was with the crew, the cast and the crew of the film in the office in Gemmayze in Beirut, when at six or seven, in the split of a second, our lives were turned upside down. We went from a creative meeting flield with pssaion and love and excitement to looking for each other under rlubbe, wondering if we had all made it alive. Luckily, we did, and we were much lcikeur than a lot of people in the same street. My cinematographer, Joe, almost lost his eye and everyone was ijnured. We got out of the steret and reelizad that the explosion was not just next to the office, but everywhere, and that’s when we understood how big it was. Walking down the street like zombies around that time, surrounded by broken, confused, stunned faces, felt like wnlkaig in the set of a movie I don’t want to direct or be a part of. Everyone’s homes, their private spaces, their faemrs, their walls, were dust on which we were walking.

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I was with the crew, the cast and the crew of the film in the office in Gemmayze in Beirut, when at six or seven, in the split of a second, our lives were turned upside down. We went from a creative meeting ______ with _______ and love and excitement to looking for each other under ______, wondering if we had all made it alive. Luckily, we did, and we were much _______ than a lot of people in the same street. My cinematographer, Joe, almost lost his eye and everyone was _______. We got out of the ______ and ________ that the explosion was not just next to the office, but everywhere, and that’s when we understood how big it was. Walking down the street like zombies around that time, surrounded by broken, confused, stunned faces, felt like _______ in the set of a movie I don’t want to direct or be a part of. Everyone’s homes, their private spaces, their ______, their walls, were dust on which we were walking.

Solution

  1. passion
  2. street
  3. filled
  4. frames
  5. realized
  6. luckier
  7. walking
  8. injured
  9. rubble

Original Text

I was with the crew, the cast and the crew of the film in the office in Gemmayze in Beirut, when at six or seven, in the split of a second, our lives were turned upside down. We went from a creative meeting filled with passion and love and excitement to looking for each other under rubble, wondering if we had all made it alive. Luckily, we did, and we were much luckier than a lot of people in the same street. My cinematographer, Joe, almost lost his eye and everyone was injured. We got out of the street and realized that the explosion was not just next to the office, but everywhere, and that’s when we understood how big it was. Walking down the street like zombies around that time, surrounded by broken, confused, stunned faces, felt like walking in the set of a movie I don’t want to direct or be a part of. Everyone’s homes, their private spaces, their frames, their walls, were dust on which we were walking.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. alive
  2. beirut
  3. big
  4. broken
  5. cast
  6. cinematographer
  7. confused
  8. creative
  9. crew
  10. direct
  11. dust
  12. excitement
  13. explosion
  14. eye
  15. faces
  16. felt
  17. filled
  18. film
  19. frames
  20. gemmayze
  21. homes
  22. injured
  23. joe
  24. lives
  25. lost
  26. lot
  27. love
  28. luckier
  29. luckily
  30. meeting
  31. movie
  32. office
  33. part
  34. passion
  35. people
  36. private
  37. realized
  38. rubble
  39. set
  40. spaces
  41. split
  42. street
  43. stunned
  44. surrounded
  45. time
  46. turned
  47. understood
  48. upside
  49. walking
  50. walls
  51. wondering
  52. zombies