Erased is a powerful, thoughtful film on death, trauma, and nationhood. (Scene Creek) Halwani's exemplary structural intelligence and moral sophistication allows him to avoid the pratfalls of cinematic archivality: every minute counts. (Cinema Scope)
Content Thirty-five years ago, I witnessed the kidnapping of a man I know. He has disappeared since. Ten years ago, I caught a glimpse of his face while walking in the street, but I wasn’t sure it was him. Parts of his face were torn off, but his features had remained unchanged since the incident. Yet something was different, as if he wasn’t the same man.
Ghassan Halwani, essay-documentary, Lebanon 2018, color and black & white, 76 min, Arabic and English subtitles: English, French, Italian, Spanish PAL, no regional code
Awards Special Mention, First Feature - 71 Locarno Festival Prix Ulysse Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Best Documentary - Cinemed Bronze Tanit for the best long documentary - Carthage Film Festival Fathy Farag Prize for Best Artistic Contribution - International Film Critics’ Week at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival Best Film - Laceno d'Oro Special Mention, International Competition - Transcinema Special Mention - LatinArab Film Festival Best Documentary - Gabes Cinema Fen Best Documentary - Malmo Arab Film Festival Ogawa Shinsuke Prize - Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Best Film, International Competition - This Human World
subjects Lebanon, civil war, kidnapped, memory, post war order
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