Moujarad Raiha

Maher Abi-Samra
Lebanon, France, 10 min

In four long takes, like a haiku in black and white, we enter the rubble of a country following the 2006 Israeli-Lebanese conflict. Without ever looking death in the face, the absence of life shows itself over the course of clues appearing in the no man’s land of a battered Beirut. In silent, frozen time, the film subtly refers to the spectator’s imagination in alluding to death.

In several long takes, like a haiku in black and white, we enter the rubble of a country, Lebanon, after it was ravaged in the war with Israel in 2006. First of all, we get a glimpse of Beirut in the distance, from the sea, like a threatening-looking Fata Morgana. We hear the noise of distant gunfire, suffocated by the void of destruction. Then Maher Abi-Samra’s camera films the ruins inside the city, like a disembowelled body. Ambient noise resonates furiously in our heads, leaving everything we cannot see on screen to our imagination. The audience is plunged into a post-apocalyptic atmosphere reminiscent of science-fiction films. Here though, it is more a question of dealing with a hyper-reality, recorded with great humility and respect.

Without ever looking death in the face, the absence of life shows itself over the course of clues appearing in the no-man’s-land of a battered Beirut. In silent, frozen time, the film subtly refers to the viewer’s imagination in alluding to death.

Jasmin Basic

Duration
10 min
Year
2007
Country
Lebanon, France
Section
Focus Liban
Language
English
Subtitle
French
Production
Serge LalouMaher Abi-Samra

Focus Liban

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