Arab Studies Institute
Washington DC - Beirut
Film Screening: Layali Bala Noom (Sleepless Nights) with Director Eliane Raheb
By Eliane Raheb
11/11/2014 02:00 pm
Location: George Mason University, Johnson Center Cinema
Join the Middle East Studies Program, Arab Studies Institute, and Middle East Etc. Film Club for a film screening of Layali Bala Noom with Director Eliane Raheb.
Through the stories of Assaad Shaftari, a former high ranking intelligence officer in a Christian right wing militia, responsible for many casualties in the protracted civil war in Lebanon and Maryam Saiidi, the mother of Maher, a missing young communist fighter who disappeared in 1982, the film digs in the war wounds and asks if redemption and forgiveness are possible.
“Playful and aggressive, elegant and confrontational, sardonic and melancholic, the dense film looks at the legacy of Lebanon’s sectarian civil war (1975-1990) through its discontents.” Filmcomment- Nicholas Rapold
“The best new documentary at True/False was Sleepless Nights, a wrenching, narratively and thematically dense dual portrait of two people struggling to reconcile their experiences during Lebanon’s civil war in the 1980s.Sleepless Nights is a bold documentary that asks difficult questions about the process of truth and reconciliation in a country still divided among religious and political lines, but it’s also an example of a filmmaker trying to think and work in images.” POV magazine-Adam Nayman