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Jocelyne Saab

Les Enfants de la guerre / Aftal Al-Harb (Children of War)

10' - 1976 - Dialogue: Arabic, French
Director: Jocelyne Saab
Days after the massacre of Karantina, in a predominantly Muslim shanty town in Beirut, Jocelyne Saab met children who’d escaped, and who were deeply traumatised by the horrific fighting they’d seen with their own eyes.

Days after the massacre of Karantina, in a predominantly Muslim shanty town in Beirut, Jocelyne Saab met children who’d escaped, and who were deeply traumatised by the horrific fighting they’d seen with their own eyes. Saab gave the children crayons and encouraged them to draw while her camera turned. She made a bitter discovery: the only games the children engaged in were war games, and war would quickly become a way of life for them as well.

Print courtesy of International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.

“Children of War denounces the violence that is inflicted on children of ten years old who can no longer speak, think or draw other than in terms of war: they mimic war.”

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Credits

Director

Jocelyne Saab

More information

Dialogue

Arabic, French

Countries of production

Lebanon, France

Year

1976

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