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IN PLACE: 4 RETURNEES FROM THE LEBA


Directed by | Monika Borgmann

Genre documentary  |  Length: 52mins  |  Year of production: 2009


In Place: 4 Returnees from the Lebanese Civil Wars is the latest documentary outcome of expansive research conducted into perpetrators, memory, and violence under the auspices of the Umam Centre for Documentation and Research in Beirut. Directors Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim (Massaker) offer viewers a kaleidoscopic view of the varied conflicts and actors involved in Lebanon’s civil wars. The film revolves around four enigmatic interviews, each a separate “act” in the drama of these wars. Assaad Chaftari tells of his remorse over serving as a senior intelligence official in the Lebanese Forces. An anonymous Amal Movement fighter relates his experiences kidnapping people. Elias Atallah, now a prominent politician, speaks about violence and its use in politics. Another anonymous Amal fighter shares his memories of fighting in two overlooked wars: the War between Hezbollah and Amal, and the War of the Camps against the Palestinians. Wars fated each of these people in vastly different ways. Former leaders continue to hold respectable positions. Their confidence shines through in their interviews. In contrast, former militia “grunts” continue to hold marginalized positions, giving furtive interviews under the cover of anonymity.