| FIDMARSEILLE 2008|
Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
Georges de Beauregard International Prize
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.