Confronting Memory in Lebanon | Freedom House

Confronting Memory in Lebanon

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

1301 Connecticut Ave NW Washington D.C, 4th floor

Please join Freedom House for a panel discussion on
Chou Sar?
(“What Happened”)
Confronting Memory in Lebanon


De Gaulle Eid
Writer, producer and director of the film Chou Sar?
Pierre Abi Saab
Journalist, Al-Akhbar, Lebanon
Habib Nassar

Acting Director, Middle East and North Africa, International Center for Transitional Justice

Freedom House is proud to host a discussion on the challenges facing freedom of expression, justice and reconciliation in Lebanon.  Chou Sar? (What Happened?), a documentary film directed by De Gaulle Eid, follows him as he returns to his village in northern Lebanon where thirteen members of his family were massacred. The perpetrators still live, protected by a nation-wide amnesty for crimes committed during the civil war.  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.”

The film Chou Sar will be screened at E street Cinema Theatre with director De Gaulle Eid in attendance on Wednesday, December 1st 2010 at 7pm. The screening is free and open to the public – limited seating please

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