ABOUT A WAR
82' / 2018 / Lebanon, UK
The Lebanese Civil War saw 170,000 dead, 1 million displaced and 17,000 people still missing. During the conflict thousands of teenagers picked up arms to fight in a 15 years war that tore the nation apart.
In 1990, the Taif agreement brought the war to a close, integrating warring parties into a power sharing government. With an amnesty pardoning all crimes against civilians and no plans to reintegrate militiamen back into society, many fighters became anonymous, silent and were left to disappear into a society ravaged by internal strife.
Moving through the testimonies of Assad, a right wing Christian intelligence officer; Ahed, a Palestinian refugee fighter and Nassim, a Communist commander, About a War unpicks the personal motivations, trauma and regret of militiamen who picked up arms during the civil war. With no official account of the conflict, their testimonies build a multi-perspective picture of a crucial turning point in Lebanese history that radically transformed the Middle East.
Nowadays, ex-fighters Ahed, Assad and Nassim work towards breaking cycles of violence among young people in Lebanon. While their own personal confessions delve deeper into issues of violence and politics in the Middle East, they also stand as a cautionary tale for a country that continues to be marred by inequality and sectarian divide.
Curzon Sheffield - 19/06
Soleluna Doc Film Festival - 10/07
Lebanese American University, Beirut - 11/02
Fighters for Peace, Beirut - 12/02
MARCH Lebanon, Tripoli - 14/02
Blue Mission Organization, Saida - 15/02
Chatham House, London - 19/02
Curzon Oxford - 27/02
University of Oxford - 28/02
ArtHouse Cinema, Crouch End - 01/03 until 07/03
Al Ard Film Festival - 16/03
Curzon Goldsmiths - 21/03
Sciences Po, Menton 21/03
Al Ard, Milan - 22/05
A film by: Daniele Rugo & Abi Weaver
Co-produced by: Masahiro Hirakubo
Associate Producer: Dana Abi Ghanem
Original Soundtrack by: Alessandro Cerino
Dubbing Editor: Owen Shirley
Online Editor: Nicola Sburlati
Ziad Abdel Samad - Arab NGO Network for Development, Beirut
Eric Verdeil - Sciences Po, Paris
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and GCRF through the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security
Here you'll find resources to learn more about the Lebanese Civil War and explore issues connected to the film.
This list is not meant to be exhaustive. It should simply provide an incentive to engage with the conflicts that have affected Lebanon and ways to alleviate their impact.
THE LEBANESE CIVIL WAR. CONTEXT and EXPERIENCES
The Disenchantment of the Left: Two Memories
of the Palestinian Struggle
POST CONFLICT SCENARIOS
The Taif Agreement (english text)