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HOUNA WA ROUBBAMA HOUNAK
English title: Here and Perhaps Elsewhere
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During the Lebanese civil war, thousands of people disappeared. In most cases, the bodies were not found and the circumstances of their disappearance never known. Today, I travel through Beirut, asking the inhabitants I encounter, one same question: Do you know anyone who was kidnapped here during the war?
My investigation carries me through the many districts around the "Green line", which used to divide Beirut between East and West, and where militias set up their checkpoints, the scenes of many kidnappings, and crimes. I thereby attempt to trigger the process of memory and to reveal the multiplicity of existing discourses on the war and the immensity of the drama. As I cross town and discover places laden with history, I draw a personal map of this city.

Durant la guerre civile du Liban, des milliers de personnes ont disparues. Dans la plupart des cas, leur corps n'a pas été retrouvé et les circomstances de leur disparition restent incertaines. Je traverse Beyrouth interrogeant chaque habitant que je rencontre avec une seule question: Connaissez-vous quelqu'un qui a été kidnappé ici durant la guerre? Mon parcours m'amène autour de la ligne de démarcation qui divisait Beyrouth entre Est et Ouest, là où les milices établissaient leur barrages, scènes de nombreux enlèvements et crimes. J'enclenche ainsi le processus de mémoire, et tente de mettre en évidence l'ampleur de ce drame et la multiplicité des discours existants sur la guerre, ainsi que la présence et l'actualité de cette guerre à travers le language. En traversant la ville et découvrant des lieux chargés d'histoire, je dessine une cartographie personnelle de la ville.


 

Type: Documentary
Medium: video
Duration: 54 min
Date: 2003
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English / French

Credits

Written, directed and produced by: Lamia Joreige
Co-produced by: 03 productions
Editing: Michèle Tyan - Djinn house
Sound: Rana Eid, Carol Issa, Ziad Antar

Shown @

- Terra Mediterranea - In Crisis. (NiMAC), Nicosia, 2012
- Museum of Art Seoul National University, in Cine Forum 6, curated by Joo-Young Sohn, South Korea, 2010
- A Human Rights Film Festival, Metropolis, Beirut, 2010.
- CWCP, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, 2010
- Delfina Foundation, London, 2009
- Akbank Sanat, in Rumor as media, Istanbul, 2006
- Modern Art Oxford, in Out of Beirut, Oxford, UK, 2006
- Festival Itinérances, Alès, France, 2005
- Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, 2005
- Festival Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya, Beirut, 2004
- Festival de Cinema Mediterranéen de Montpellier, France, 2003 / competition
- Homeworks 2, Ashkal Alwan's forum on cultural practices, Beirut, 2003
- Nicéphore Niépce Museum, in Ici et peut-être ailleurs, Chalon-sur-saône-France, 2003
- Al-Ma'mal Foundation (Jerusalem) 2003
- Qattan Foundation, (Ramallah - Palestine) 2003
- Bethlehem International Center (Bethlehem - Palestine) 2003


 

Related texts

- Marie Laure Allain, 2009
Inscriptions de mémoires, l'oeuvre de Lamia Joreige entre poétique et documentaire
- Sarah Rogers, 2006

The Politics of Display: Lebanon's Postwar Art Scene
- Kaylen Wilson-Goldie / in Out of Beirut, 2006
Contemporary Art Practice in Post-war Lebanon: An introduction
- Laure Guirguis, 2004
Pratiques culturelles contemporaines.
- The Daily Star / Jim Quilty - Sept. 1, 2006
- Time Out, London / Sarah kent - May 2006
- Art monthly - 298 / Pryle Behrman - Jul-Aug 2006
- Times / Morgan Falconer - - May 2, 2006


Publications

- Kalamon nº0, 2010 (Lebanon)
- Out of Beirut
, 2006
Published by Modern Art Oxford (U.K.) 2006
- Homeworks II, 2005
Published by Ashkal Alwan (Beirut - Lebanon) 2006
- Related exhibitions and festivals catalogs

 
 
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