Capernaum (Capharnaüm)

Capernaum (Capharnaüm) Lebanon (2018) Dir. Nadine Labaki Poverty is a major global issue and whilst it is shocking in developed countries like ours, we are probably blasé about its existence in war torn countries. For her latest film, Nadine Labaki takes us to Lebanon for this brutally raw tale of life on the breadline. Capernaum … Continue reading Capernaum (Capharnaüm)

The Cut

The Cut Germany (2014) Dir. Faith Akin I apologise in advance for the lack of objectivity and detail in this review but as regular readers will know, I am hard of hearing thus rely on subtitles. This film is a European production with a global cast but most of the dialogue is in English and … Continue reading The Cut

Insyriated

Insyriated Belgium/France/Lebanon (2017) Dir. Philippe Van Leeuw War films almost instinctively tend to focus on either those on the front line or the firsthand civilian victims of military oppression. Belgian writer-director Philippe van Leeuw chooses to focus on a lesser featured contingent to suffer during a conflict, those on the periphery with no direct investment … Continue reading Insyriated

Under The Bombs (Sous les bombes)

Under The Bombs (Sous les bombes) Lebanon (2007) Dir. Philippe Aractingi In 2006 Lebanon War during a cease fire following an Israeli bombing which devastating South Lebanon, Muslim Zeina Nasrueddi (Nada Abu Farhat) arrives from Dubai in search of her son Karim and her sister. With no help forthcoming the only person who is willing … Continue reading Under The Bombs (Sous les bombes)

Lebanon

  Lebanon Israel (2009) Dir. Samuel Maoz Set during the 1982 war in Lebanon, four tank bound Israeli soldiers – Commander Assi (Itay Tiran), young gunner Jamil (Zohar Shtrauss), loader Hertzel (Oshri Cohen) and driver Yigal (Michael Moshonov) - are tasked with the mission of clearing a path for the foot soldiers. Also on board … Continue reading Lebanon

Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant on va où?)

Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant on va où?) Lebanon (2011) Dir. Nadine Labaki In a remote Lebanese village, Christians and Muslims live peacefully side by side but civil unrest is rife through the rest of the country. The women of the village, most of whom have lost husbands and sons, don’t want the … Continue reading Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant on va où?)