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Children of War

Jocelyne Saab

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Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere | II. Revolution and Civil War (Here) Children of War
Jocelyne Saab
1976

10 Minutes
Courtesy of Jocelyne Saab's Friends Association

Date
December 8–21, 2021

Days after the massacre of Quarantina in a predominantly Muslim shanty town in Beirut, Jocelyne Saab found and met children who had escaped, and who were deeply traumatized by the horrific fighting they’d seen with their own eyes. Jocelyne gave the children crayons and encouraged them to draw while her camera turned. She made a bitter discovery: The only games the children engaged in were war games, and the war would quickly become a way of life for them as well.

Jocelyne Saab's Children of War is presented within Revolution and Civil War (Here)​, the second of five chapters in Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere, an online film program curated by Irmgard Emmelhainz for e-flux Video & Film. The program streams in five thematic group screenings each two weeks long, and will be accompanied by two live discussions.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Category
Film, War & Conflict
Subject
Documentary, Lebanon, Childhood & Youth
Return to II. Revolution and Civil War (Here)

Jocelyne Saab (1948-2019) was a filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. Saab was born and raised in Beirut. She hosted the pop-music program Marsipulami Got Blue Eyes on the national Lebanese radio, before working as a war journalist. When the Lebanese Civil War broke out, Saab started working on documentary films, eventually turning towards a more personal and essayistic mode of filmmaking. Saab is recognized as one of the pioneers of Lebanese cinema, making roughly thirty films including Palestinian Women (1974), Beirut, Never Again (1976, with Etel Adnan), The Sahara Is Not for Sale (1977), Iran, Utopia in the Making {1980), Beirut, My City (1982), Once Upon A Time Beirut (1994), The Lady of Saigon (1998), Dunia, Kiss Me Not On The Eyes (2005), What’s Going On? (2009), and My Name is Mei Shigenobu (2018).

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