West Beirut (1998)

Origin: France | Norway | Lebanon | Belgium | Fiction | Director: Ziad Doueiri | 105 minutes

West Beirut

Ziad Doueiri 1998 Drama 105 min.

This directorial debut from Tarantino cameraman, Doueiri is a
semiautobiographical account of his childhood in Lebanon during the civil
war. The film features superb performances from a young cast whose
characters explore warravaged Beirut with their Super 8 camera, bearing
witness to the increasingly brutal war from a youthful, naive and exuberant
perspective. Doueiri has said that 'during the first years of the civil
war, despite the anxiety that I could sense in my parents, I was incapable
of feeling it myself...I wasn't born with fear I acquired it.' His
beautifully shot film offers an account of the process by which excitement
and freedom was turned into fear and exile. Winner - FIPRESCI Award Toronto
International Film Festival, 1998 Best First Film Award Carthage Film
Festival, 1998.


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