June 2018, living archive

Filmmakers’ Choice: Life between wars

MY FATHER IS STILL A COMMUNIST: INTIMATE SECRETS TO BE PUBLISHED, 2011

The next programme of our series Filmmakers' Choice is presented by Sandra Schäfer on June 11: The films which were shot in Syria and Lebanon between 1979 and 2017 deal – from different perspectives – with the production of architecture and ideologies, as well as with everyday life during war and between wars. STEP BY STEP (Ossama Mohammad) observes male villagers in Syria who choose to join the army in 1979. MY FATHER IS STILL A COMMUNIST: INTIMATE SECRETS TO BE PUBLISHED (Ahmad Ghossein) depicts the civil war in Lebanon as an intimate portrait from his mother’s everyday life. The 2006 Lebanon War provides the backdrop for the films of Maher Abi Samra and Sandra Schäfer. Abi Samra films a rescue operation of trapped people during the emergency of war itself. Schäfer observes the reconstruction of a Beirut district 10 years later.