Our Reckless Wars (Hurubuna al-Ta'ishah)Randa Chahal Sabbagh (France; 1995, 61 min. Digibeta PAL)
Within a few years of its eruption in 1975, the Lebanese civil war became a battleground for armed militias who sought to establish control over small parcels of territory. The conflict lasted seventeen years. In 1983, Randa Chahal Sabbagh began to film her family and the every day strife that confronted them. She collected the footage and rarely looked at it until the war was over and the country's rehabilitation had begun. She returned to images she had recorded over the years eager to tell a story. It was difficult to weave a coherent narrative of the war, its outcomes, and the impact on her own family– which included feelings of regret and pain. “By staging conversations with my family, I was able to discipline the disorderliness of the city’s sequences,” the filmmaker explained. Resurrecting images of the war, now that it was over and lost, the filmmaker was bidding her farewells to a city that she relentlessly tried to leave. “Is it possible to regret the war?”, she asks.
Written by: Randa Chahal Sabbagh
Director of Photography: Frédéric Labourasse and Roby Breidy .
Sound: Pierre Camus and Eric Munch
Editing: Yves Deschamps and Catherine Bonétat.