Miguel’s War
Eliane Raheb
Documentary : 128' / Gay, Trauma, Identity, Religion, Migrations

Raised by a conservative Catholic father and an authoritarian Syrian mother, Miguel grew up oppressed and shamed during the Lebanese civil war. As a teenager, he was struck by a deep inferiority complex and incapable of asserting himself. In 1983, desperate to prove his "existence", he joined the war as part of an armed faction. But the experience was a failure and, traumatized, he migrated to Spain. Now, thirty-seven years after leaving Lebanon, Miguel feels ready to face his trauma and the ghosts of his past.


September 24 | 19h00 | Cinema São Jorge - Sala Manoel de Oliveira
Documentary Competition

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Year: 2021

Country: Líbano, Alemanha, Espanha

Language: Arabic, Spanish, English, French

Subtitles: English

With: Miguel Jelelaty, Eliane Raheb, Ruben Cardoso, Maria Zabala Peña, Hashem Adnan, Majdi Machmouchi

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Eliane Raheb


Lebanese director Eliane Raheb is the founder of ITAR Productions and of the association Beirut DC, which champions Arab cinema. She was artist-in-residence at the prestigious DAAD Arts Program. She has also lectured on Arab cinema and screened her films at universities worldwide, including Harvard and Georgetown.


2021 - Miguel’s War (Documentary)
2016 - Those Who Remain (Documentary)
2013 - Sleepless Nights (Documentary)
2008 - This Is Lebanon (Documentary)
2003 - Suicide (Short Documentary)
2002 - So Near yet so Far (Documentary)

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