From Beirut to… those who love us

collective
Lebanon, 4 min

A video diary a few minutes long, recorded a few days after the war began in 2006. Singing, interrupted by the noise of gunfire and sirens outside, gives way to fear. This film is much more than just a testimony; it is a way of making oneself heard, of evoking the displaced, the dead, the martyrs and the wounded. Pain and dignity can be read on the faces that parade in silence.

A video diary a few minutes long, recorded on 21 July 2006, a few days after the start of the Israeli-Lebanese war. “Let one of those who loves us / Greet those who loved us long ago / And tell them that whatever happens…” : the singing is suddenly interrupted by the noise of gunfire and sirens outside, giving way to nervous laughter and fear, that demonstrate the impossibility of continuing this plea. This speech is born from a vital and urgent need to express oneself, above all to designate someone who will be able to receive the message. It is also a struggle for the monologue to become a dialogue, for the request to become an invocation. The “you” is us, everyone on the other side of the screen. We are the ones watching and listening, the ones being asked not to forget that, on the other side, someone wants to speak to us. This film is much more than just a testimony; it is a way of making oneself heard, of evoking the displaced, the dead, the martyrs and the wounded. Pain and dignity can be read on the faces that parade in silence.

Jasmin Basic

Duration
4 min
Year
2006
Country
Lebanon
Section
Focus Liban
Language
Arabic
Subtitle
English, French
Production
Beirut DC
Sales Contact
Jad Abi Khaliljad@beirutdc.org+9611 293 212
+9613 370 972

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