CHRA will be screening Miguel’s War (2021, 128 min) at Upstate Films, with director Eliane Raheb in person. The film will be introduced and discussed by CHRA Fellow and filmmaker Sabine El Chamaa.
Eliane Raheb’s hybrid documentary follows Miguel, a gay man exiled in Spain who returns to Lebanon after 37 years to reflect on his experience growing up during the civil war, and to remember the relationships that shaped him as a son, lover, and soldier.
Filmed in Lebanon and Spain, the film melds documentary, animation, theater and archive in order to play with our notions of biography.
Miguel’s War premiered in Berlinale 2021 where it won both the audience award and Teddy award. The film also won the Robert Bosch Production Prize and was included in La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde, a co-production platform in the Cannes Film Festival.
For more information, please visit the Upstate Films website.
Eliane Raheb is a Lebanese filmmaker and the director of several award-winning films. Her recent work includes the feature documentaries Sleepless Nights and Those Who Remain, (winner of the Etoile de la Scam award). Raheb is the founder of ITAR Productions, a company that has produced award-winning documentaries broadcast on ARTE/ZDF, France 3, France 24, NHK, Al Jadeed and the Al Jazeera Documentary channel, and screened in international film festivals worldwide. Raheb is a founding member of the Beirut DC Association for Cinema and is the six-time artistic director of its film festival Beirut Cinema Days. Raheb lectures on Arab cinema and has been a guest artist at universities worldwide.
The Q&A will be moderated by CHRA Fellow Sabine El Chamaa. El Chamaa is a filmmaker who holds a PhD in Communications, Media, and Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MFA in Film Production from University of Southern California. From Lebanon, El Chamaa has worked as an editor on independent film projects in Europe and the United States before moving back to Beirut. Her diverse projects include fiction and non-fiction films, multidisciplinary installations, photography and (more recently) podcasts. Her current interests center on the ongoing reconstruction of collective and personal memory in relation to one’s embodied experiences and personal archives such as photos, diaries, or dream recollections.