"Under the Bombs," by director Philippe Aractingi, is a striking and often very moving work of guerrilla filmmaking about the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, a 33-day siege that left 1,189 men and women dead and created a million refugees. It’s a drama-documentary that places two well-known Lebanese actors in the middle of devastated landscapes without a script and in the company of real-life relief workers, bereaved parents and media officials.
Nada Abou Farhat plays Zeina, a confident woman who has just touched down in Beirut and who is looking for a taxi driver willing to brave road blocks and gunfire in order to drive her to the southern village where she sent her young son during the protracted fall-out from her divorce to a wealthy businessman. The only cabbie willing to do so is Tony (Georges Khabbaz), a tetchy guy who, it turns out, has been separated from his kids and dreams of migrating to Germany.
As much as it dramatizes the two characters’ own struggles to come to terms with the present blighted situation, the film highlights with revelatory force the extent of the misery wreaked on the Palestinian people by the Israeli forces. The pair’s journey is constantly hampered by collapsed roads, bombed bridges, wrecked petrol stations. (excerpt from undertheombs.com) 2006, 98 min.
Discussion will follow the film.
Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbabkJPcTts
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Wheelchair accessible. Refreshments provided.