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This documentary film examines how the destruction of Beirut during the Lebanese civil war affected the lives of four people: a stage actor whose theater has been destroyed, a mother of two whose husband is missing, and two former soldiers who had once fought each other but who have since become friends.
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"We Want to Know", Badna Naaref, is the narration of the journeys of Lebanese high school students during the war in Lebanon (1975-1990), seen through the eyes of their parents, grandparents, relatives, and neighbors. "We Want to Know" uncovers what daily life was like during periods of war, bombing, curfews, and kidnappings, and living under the constant threat of death and loss. The documentary traces the stories of four middle-aged characters (Iman, Widad, Nadim, and Mona) who lived, lost, and struggled through it. A war that ended abruptly without addressing its causes or consequences. An entire generation, now in their 40s and 50s had never spoken of the war to their children before. Most uncover and share their recollections of those days for the first time.
[Paris, France] : Quo Vadis Cinema,  [Paris] : [Le Bureau - Le Petit Bureau]
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"Set against the former conflict in Lebanon, this involving family drama focuses on 12-year-old Lina (Marianne Feghali), who doesn't show much interest in the war taking place in 1980s Beirut" -- California Film Institute web site.
Twelve-year-old Rami moves from South Lebanon to Beirut with his family, to escape the Israeli bombings. In the city, he becomes fast friends with a few local children, including his neighbor, Yasmine, whom he falls in love with. However, the horrors of war catches up with him, when the civil war erupts. His friend is murdered in cold-blood, he gets separated from Yasmine, when her family moves away to escape the war and his father gets kidnapped by the militia. Despite his opposition to violence and warfare, Rami finds himself signing up to be a militia fighter for a different faction, in a bid to find his father. He meets Siham, a young mother whose husband had been kidnapped. In spite of the obstacles in her way, she is determined to find her husband. When his fellow militia fighters capture a prisoner and decide to kill him, Rami has to make a choice between his humanity and his allegiance to his faction, in a war that has pitted him against his own friend. Awards/Festivals: Prix Special de Jury, Cannes Junior International Film Festival; Best Film, Al Andalos Satellite, Mediterranean Film Festival; Special Distinction Award, Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia; Best Lebanese Feature Film, Beirut Media Festival, 2004.
After 16 years of civil war, the citizens of Beirut, Lebanon struggle to rebuild their lives -- a woman, whose husband had been kidnapped forms a committee, together with the families of other kidnap victims, to lobby for the return of the victims; two ex-militia fighters from different sides of the war find themselves working together as house painters, reconstructing the very homes, which they had helped to destroy; a playwright is skeptical that the building of new modern apartment buildings will give the Lebanese a sense of belonging again. In addition, there are environmental consequences stemming from the waste produced during the war. Awards/Festivals: Grand Prix, Best Documentary, Festival du Monde Arabe, Paris; First Prize, Damascus Film Festival.
On 26 February 1975, a civil war erupted in Lebanon, its people split by a rich-poor divide. However, the 1982 Israeli invasion changed the face of war completely, as the war turned into a sectarian one. The enduring war has created an entire generation of children who have grown up amidst the chaos of war - they are the war generation. This documentary tracks the lives of 3 individuals, who are growing up, or had grown up during the war, their struggles, their hopes and their fears. Awards/Festivals: Bronze Apple Award, National Educational Film Festival, USA.
[Place of publication not identified] : Privately Published, 1985.
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The first film made in Lebanon after the Civil War, A Suspended Life is a tale of poetic truth that examines the ways in which war brings people together as well as tearing them apart. Set in Beirut ten years into the conflict, the film introduces us to Hala, a child of the war who finds relief from the chaos around her by watching old Egyptian movies on television. Karim, an artist in retreat from life, remains in his apartment in war-torn West Beirut, confident he is safe as long as he remains in his familiar neighborhood. An unlikely bond is formed between the two as they face the devastating war.