Sunday, March 5 at 7 PM at Spectacle Theatre, followed Q&A with director Eliane Raheb moderated by Ginou Choueiri (Director of Film Programs, ArteEast)
Wednesday March 9 at 7:30 PM
Sunday March 12 at 5 PM
Tuesday March 21 at 7:30 PM
co-presented by ArteEast and Spectacle Theatre
co-presented by ArteEast and the Museum of Moving Image
Miguel’s War, Eliane Raheb, Lebanon/Germany/Spain, 2021, 128 mins
In Arabic, Spanish, French, and English with subtitles.
Synopsis: Miguel’s War is the story of a gay man who grew up oppressed and shamed during the Lebanese civil war. Raised by a conservative Catholic father and an authoritarian Syrian mother, teenage Miguel was inhibited by a deep inferiority complex and was incapable of asserting himself. In 1983 the deeply sensitive boy, desperate to prove he “exists” and can act like “a real man” joined the fighting as part of an armed faction. But his experience was a failure. Traumatized he immigrates to Madrid, Spain. In post-Franco Madrid, Miguel seeks to liberate himself through debauchery. A string of destructive relationships lead him to a failed suicide. Trying to pull himself together, Miguel becomes a conference interpreter in Barcelona. Only then, thirty-seven years after leaving Lebanon, Miguel feels ready to face his trauma and the ghosts of his past, and hopes to regain his emotional balance and maybe even find love. Using intertwining cinematic forms, melding documentary, animation, theater and archive and filmed on location in Lebanon and Spain, this feature film hopes to offer an experience of self-confrontation, awareness and catharsis.
About the filmmaker: ELIANE RAHEB is the creator and director of several award-winning short films and documentaries. Her recent work includes SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (5th in Sight and Sound magazine’s listings of the best documentaries of 2013) and THOSE WHO REMAIN, screened in over 60 film festivals and winner of the prestigious Etoile de la Scam award. She is the founder of ITAR Productions, a company that has produced award- winning documentaries broadcast on ARTE/ZDF, France 3, France 24, NHK, Al Jadeed and the Al Jazeera Documentary channel, and screened in international film festivals worldwide. Raheb is a founding member of the “Beirut DC” Association for Cinema and is the six-time artistic director of its film festival “Beirut Cinema Days”. Raheb has lectured on Arab cinema and screened her films at universities worldwide including Harvard, Brown, Georgetown and George Mason.