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MASSAKAR


Directed by | Monika Borgmann & Lokman Slim

Genre documentary  |  Length: 98mins  |  Year of production: 2005


Between September 16 and 18, 1982, for two nights and three days, the killers of Sabra and Shatila went about their crimes. At the time, the massacre deeply shook publics throughout the world. Today, though, the event has been almost forgotten outside the region.

Many unanswered questions remain over the events of September 1982. Not least: what drives people to such extremes of brutality? And how are such perpetrators able to live on in the wake of their crimes? Massaker is a provocative, at times unsettling study of six such perpetrators men who participated in the massacre of Sabra and Shatila both on orders and on their own initiative. Claustrophonic and unflinching, the film combines an investigation into the mental dispositions of the killers with ruminations on the political factors that allow such instances of horrifying collective violence to occur, and to go unpunished.

Winner – International Critics Award, Berlin Film Festival 2005