West Beirut (1998) ziad doueiri


West Beirut is a French, Belgium, Norwegian and Lebanese production. In April 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is divided between Muslim-Christian and into East and West Beirut. After the line was created, Tarek is now considered to live in west Beirut (the Muslim part ) , and making Super 8 movies with his friend, Omar. At first the war is a lark: school has closed (and is situated in east Beirut no longer accessible to Muslims since Christians build up walls to defend themselves), getting from West to East is a game. His mother wants to leave the country; but his father refuses. Tarek spends time with May, a Christian, orphaned and living in his buildingFamily tensions rise. Later on and as he comes of age, the war moves inexorably from adventure to a nationwide tragedy.

Theme / Historical Importance

  • Important historical importance
  • One of the few movies made about the Lebanese Civil War
  • The civil war is a delicate subject

What you should remember about the movie

  • The imaginary wall between east and west Beirut
  • Strong French Influence
  • Most Lebanese people don't consider themselves arabs

Why an international student should watch this movie

An international student should watch this movie because it shows a lot about the Lebanese culture.

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