seule avec la guerre
Beirut is a wonderful city. We are at the center of the world. Between 1975 and 1990 there was a civil war here, which means that everyone wanted to kill everyone. Today, nobody remembers anything. With these words the young director introduces her film. We see a fearless woman in a male-dominated society, looking for the story of her country. ‘Peace was decreed. But no one explained to us what peace is’. Danielle Arbid visits soldiers, widows and fugitives, but she does not find answers to her questions about the Lebanese Civil War. We see Beirut through new eyes, and in those eyes our own dealings with history are reflected. Massacres denied may have never happened after all, shootings forgotten have perhaps not hurt anyone. A journey through the past without archive material, in the startling presence of this young guide, never giving up her quest for answers.