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This directorial debut from Tarantino cameraman, Doueiri is a semi-autobiographical account of his childhood in Lebanon during the civil war. The film features superb performances from a young cast whose characters explore war-ravaged Beirut with their Super 8 camera, bearing witness to the increasingly brutal war from a youthful, naive and exuberant perspective. 


Doueiri has said that 'during the first years of the civil war, despite the anxiety that I could sense in my parents, I was incapable of feeling it myself ... I wasn't born with fear; I acquired it.' His beautifully shot film offers an account of the process by which excitement and freedom was turned into fear and exile. 


Winner – FIPRESCI Award Toronto International Film Festival, 1998 


Winner – Best First Film Award Carthage Film Festival, 1998


Director: Ziad Doueiri

Release Date: 1998

Duration: 105mins