BEIRUT DIARIES: TRUTH, LIES AND VIDEO

Muhr Awards Documentaries
Lebanon / 2006 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / DVCam / 79 minutes
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The noted documentary filmmaker Mai Masri returns with another fine work. Beirut Diaries starts by celebrating the spontaneous reaction of hundreds of thousands of young Lebanese to the assassination of former prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 - a sea of emotional outpouring, with songs of unity. A little later, however, the cracks start to appear. Most of those who protested belonged to political parties, and each group came with a separate agenda. Sadly, the film concludes that there can be no progress without unity, but how can unity be achieved? This is smartly shot and edited, intelligent and entertaining.

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