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West Beirut

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Original title
West Beyrouth (À l'abri les enfants)
Year
Running time
106 min.
Country
Lebanon Lebanon
Director
Screenwriter
Ziad Doueiri
Music
Stewart Copeland
Cinematography
Ricardo Jacques Gale
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Lebanon-France
Genre
Drama. Comedy | Lebanese War. Arab-Israeli conflict
Synopsis / Plot
In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school, making Super 8 movies with his friend, Omar. At first the war is a lark: school has closed, the violence is fascinating, getting from West to East is a game. His mother wants to leave; his father refuses. Tarek spends time with May, a Christian, orphaned and living in his building. By accident, Tarek goes to an infamous brothel in the war-torn Olive Quarter, meeting its legendary madam, Oum Walid. He then takes Omar and May there using her underwear as a white flag for safe passage. Family tensions rise. As he comes of age, the war moves inexorably from adventure to tragedy.
Awards
1998: Valladolid: Award of la juventud
1998: Festival Toronto: FIPRESCI Award
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