CHE GUEVARA DIED IN LEBANON

Directed by Christina Foerch Saab Saturday, May 11

LIBAN / EMIRATS ARABES UNIS, 2011, 80’, FORMAT EN ARABE ET ANGLAIS SOUS-TITRE ENGLISH | IN ARABE AND ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Synopsis

Ziad est hanté par les fantômes de la guerre civile libanaise et par son rôle déterminant en tant que commandant de l’aile militaire du Parti Communiste. Son épouse, Christina, ancienne pacifiste d’Allemagne de l’Ouest, le convainc de s’embarquer dans un voyage à travers la pellicule, afin de reconstituer ses souvenirs et de projeter, de cette manière, leur mariage dans les années à venir. Ce documentaire audacieux est en même temps une histoire d’amour interculturelle et une réflexion sur la guerre froide et la l’universalité des conflits.

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A cross-cultural love story with the backdrop of the Lebanese civil war: The director of this film goes on a journey, exploring her husband’s role during the Lebanese civil war, trying to find out what kind of person he must have been in the past. Ziad joined the military forces of the Lebanese Communist party voluntarily at a very young age and became one of the most influential commanders during the Lebanese civil war. The cold war had a big influence on Ziad’s life – as it influenced the life of Christina, who was active in the peace movement in West Germany. The film also highlights the changes Ziad went through after the war was over and how the post-war period continues to affect their lives as a couple and small family. War, peace and the power of love are the universal themes of this film, which are dealt with in a personal, very authentic manner. Although the director doesn’t manage to find answers to all of her questions, the film is a necessary quest for a common beginning as a multi- cultural family.

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Compétition Officielle, Festival international du film de Dubaï 2011

 

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