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76'

Lebanon, 2018

Production : Ghassan Halwani

English, Arabic

French, English, Italian


Festival dei Popoli 2018


Films from Dei Popoli



Synopsis


Thirty-five years ago, I witnessed the event of someone I’ve known since, he was gone. Ten years ago, I saw his face in the street but I was not sure it was him. Part of his face was missing. however, something was different as it was not the same person. (Ghassan Halwani)

Tënk's opinion


The image is a black and white photo of a courtyard. No-one’s there… but the traces on the ground and an abandoned hat suggest a confrontation. As for sound, director Ghassan Halwani shows a man a photo from which he has erased the protagonists, and asks him to describe what he sees. We never get to see the original photo, taken during Lebanon’s civil war in the mid-1980s, and the man tells us little about this invisible kidnapping. Despite the impossibility of words, the instruction to forget and the continual erasing of evidence by the authorities, Ghassan makes the war’s disappeared reappear. He meticulously scrapes the city’s walls to uncover the posters of missing people; he redraws their faces and tries to put a number on the bodies buried in the many mass graves that are still being discovered.

Lysa Heurtier Manzanares
Director

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