About the Film
About the Director
Eliane Raheb’s directorial debut is an incisive look at the psychological aftermath of the Lebanese Civil War. Assaad Shaftari was a high-ranking intelligence officer for an extreme right Christian faction during the war, and Maryam Saiidi is a mother still relentlessly seeking answers as to why her son, a student and Communist Party member, disappeared. Not only does Raheb bring their stories together, she instigates meetings between the two. We witness a soldier’s attempts at atonement and a mother’s rage, and learn that even after 30 years Lebanon is a country not completely healed from its past.
Born in Lebanon, Eliane Raheb is the director of several short films, THE LAST SCREENING and ENCOUNTer, and documentaries SO NEAR YET SO FAR, SUICIDE, and THIS IS LEBANON (recipient of the excellency award in Yamagata, and aired on Arte, ZDF, Al Jadeed and NHK). She is one of the founders of "Free Arabs", www.arabihor.com, a cross media documentary project shot in 7 Arab countries during the revolutions between 2011 and 2012. She is one of the founders of the cultural cooperative for cinema Beirut DC where she is since 2001 she has served as the Artistic Director of the Arab Film Festival.
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