Chou Sar? (Screening)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Confronting Memory in Lebanon
With director De Gaulle Eid in attendance
Limited seating, please RSVP
Freedom House is proud to host the screening of the documentary Chou Sar? (“What Happened?”), directed by De Gualle Eid. The film was banned by Lebanese General Security for “inciting sectarianism,” on the grounds that it confronts questions of justice and reconciliation that the government would prefer remained unanswered. The ban inspired a public outcry and an advocacy campaign led by bloggers, journalists and activists who called for the authorities to lift the ban of the movie. On October 19, 2010, a ministerial committee created by Prime Minister Saad Hariri to look into the question of censorship decided to allow the screening of the documentary only at “cultural events” but not in commercial theaters or television.
On December 9, 1980, De Gaulle Eid's parents, youngest sister and ten other members of his family were gunned down in Edbel, Northern Lebanon. After immigrating to France eighteen years ago, Eid now lives with his own family in Corsica. Since leaving Lebanon, Eid has remained traumatized by the massacre. Chou Sar? follows him as he travels back to his homeland, where a 1991 amnesty agreement means that perpetrators of civil war-era atrocities are immune from retribution.
Chou Sar? asks viewers to reflect on the aftermath of war and the possibility of reconciliation, and explores the question of how a person, and a nation, can come to terms with tragedy.
Movement Prize - San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain).
III Ahmed Attia's Award for the Dialogue of Cultures-MIDEMED Stiges (Spain)Jury Prize - Beirut International Film Festival (BIFF) (Lebanon).