Previously at the ICA - Films

Ziad Doueiri, West Beirut, 1998

Safar: West Beirut

24 Sep 2014

Set in Lebanon during the Civil War of 1975, West Beirut is the gripping and heart-warming story of two young boys, Tarek and Omar, whose world is fuelled by political violence. At first the war is an opportunity for adventure, which the boys document on their Super 8 camera. But soon, religious and patriarchal tensions arise – their personal war leading from inexorable adventure to tragedy. Based on the award-winning writer and director’s boyhood memories, the film underscores the terrors children suffer during wartime.

Read the Safar 2014 blog post by the Arab British Centre about West Beirut

Lebanon | 1998 | Dir: Ziad Doueiri | 105 mins | Cert: 15

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