OFFICIAL SELECTION
 FIDMARSEILLE 2008

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

world premiere

  
 khiam

KHIAM 2000-2007



Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

 

Georges de Beauregard International Prize

> 2008 awards

 

 LEBANON
2007
Colour
Mini DV
104’

Original version
Arabic
Subtitles
French
Photography, sound
Khalil Joreige &
Joana Hadjithomas
Editing
Michele Tyan, Tina Baz Legal

Casting
Rajaé Abou Hamain, Kifah Afifé,
Sonia Baydoun, Soha Bechara,
Affif Hamoud, Neeman Nasrallah

Production
Abbout production
Distribution
Abbout production

Filmography
JE VEUX VOIR, LM, 2008
OPEN THE DOOR, CM, 2007
A PERFECT DAY, LM, 2005
CENDRES, CM, 2003
LE FILM PERDU, DOC, 2003
KHIAM, DOC, 2000
AUTOUR DE LA MAISON ROSE,
LM, 1999


 

In 1999, the south of Lebanon is still occupied. Khiam, a detention camp with a sinister reputation, can be found there, of which no picture exists. It is at this date that Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige decide to meet six recently liberated prisoners. They together make the account of their detention experience and testify to the report that each of them developed, a resistance and survival activity, with an artistic observance. The questions indirectly focus on the forms of representation. How to recount an imprisonment, one’s humiliations, one’s distress: all this unimaginable part of prison violence? How to give shape to one’s evasion? Liberated in May 2000, the camp is transformed into a museum, then, at the time of the July 2006 war, entirely destroyed during the bombing. Today it is envisaged to rebuild it identically. Eight years after the first filming, the film-makers meet up again with the prisoners. This time they evoke with them the liberation. then the destruction of the camp, and finally its reconstruction. The memory, the History, the commemoration and the power of the picture, such are the keys of this film in two facets.

Jean-Pierre Rehm

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