IN PLACE

4 Returnees from the Lebanese Civil Wars
A Film by Monika Borgmann & Lokman Slim
[Videotech 1]
© UMAM D&R, 2009, 64 min

 
IN PLACE - 4 Returnees from the Lebanese Civil Wars forgoes simplifying the violence that afflicted Lebanon. Instead, Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim offer viewers a kaleidoscopic view of varied conflicts and actors. The film joins together four interviews, each one a separate act in the drama of the Lebanese Civil Wars.

Assaad Chaftari tells of his remorse over serving as a senior intelligence official in the Lebanese Forces. An anonymous Amal Movement fighter relates his experiences kidnapping people. Elias Atallah, now a prominent politician, speaks about violence and its use in politics. Another anonymous Amal fighter reveals his memories fighting in two overlooked wars: The War between Hezbollah and Amal, and the War of the Camps against the Palestinians.

Wars affected and fated each of these people in different ways. Former leaders continue to hold respectable positions. Their confidence shines through in their interviews. Former grunts continue to hold marginalized positions. They give furtive interviews under the cover of anonymity.


IN PLACE - 4 Returnees from the Lebanese Civil Wars cannot be considered a complete work because the drama of the Lebanese civil wars has as many acts as there were participants. Moreover, the drama of the Lebanese civil wars remains ongoing, with unresolved conflicts keeping Lebanon on the brink of falling back to the past.
 
Selected Press Links

SUR PLACE - 4 Revenants des Guerres Libanaises | By Jean-Pierre Rehm | FID Marseille | 2009
Archiver la Guerre : SUR PLACE – 4 Revenants des Guerres Libanaises | By Véronique Ginouvès | Les Carnets de la Phonothèque | 2009

 
Credits

Interviews: Lokman Slim | Camera & Sound: Monika Borgmann & Katia Jarjoura | Editing: Anne de Mo | Video Postproduction: Mazen Hashem | Audio Postproduction: B-Root Productions | Graphics: Hisham Salam


This DVD was produced with support of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa).