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WOMEN BEYOND BORDERS


Directed by | Jean Chamoun

Genre documentary  |  Length: 58mins  |  Year of production: 2003


Chamoun is the acclaimed Lebanese director of ‘Shadows of the City' and ‘Hostage of Time' and together with wife Mai Masri, of numerous documentary films including ‘Suspended Dreams' and ‘War GenerationBeirut'. This work explores the themes of loss, generational divide and women in war that are found in several of his earlier films. This time, Chamoun (with Masri serving as producer) turns the camera on female exinmates of the notorious Khiam prison, run by Israel in southern Lebanon until 2000. Through the experiences of Kifah Afifi, the viewer is invited to reflect on an earlier generation of Palestinian women prisoners including poet Fadwa Tukan and activist Samiha Khalil. The film includes harrowing accounts of life in the brutal prison as well as inspirational personal testament to the power of survival and hope against oppression and dehumanisation.