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Women’s Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran

Thursday, April 2, 2009
6:30 p.m. Our Heedless Wars
Randa Chahal Sabbag (France, 1995)

Presented in memory of Randa Chahal Sabbag, who passed away in August 2008.

(Nos guerres imprudents). Randa Chahal Sabbag began filming the seventeen-year Lebanese civil war in 1976, and recording her politically active family on video in 1983. Drawing on these intertwined preoccupations, Our Heedless Wars is a thought-provoking journey of rediscovery, documenting the filmmaker’s return home from Paris, where she lived in self-imposed political exile, to Lebanon, where many of her family remained. “I wanted to tell a story, but it was hard to find a logic to these images, to the war, to the dead, to the Israeli invasion, to the Syrian presence, to the reconstruction of Beirut, hard to find a logic to the pain,” she said. “My family provided the link with which I could give shape to the images of the city.”

• (61 mins, In French and Arabic with English subtitles, Color, BetaSP, From Archipel 33)