Frostburg State University International Film Series will present the movie “West Beirut” on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in Lane University Center Atkinson Room 201. The series is sponsored by FSU Center Stage.
Approximately 150,000 people died in Lebanon’s civil war, which lasted from 1975 to 1989, but surprisingly few films have been made about the conflict. Director Ziad Doueiri steps into the breach with “West Beirut,” a movie that captures the sociopolitical climate during the early part of the war with remarkable accuracy and subtlety, and without over sentimentalizing the subject.
The film follows the wisecracking Muslim teenager Tarek (Rami Doueiri, the director’s brother) as he struggles to understand – and, if possible, ignore – what’s happening when bombs start exploding near his school and home. But Tarek refuses to let war imprison him. He and his friend Omar (Chamas) horse around, make Super-8 movies, learn how to smoke and sneak into a brothel. Tarek’s parents, meanwhile, struggle to hang on to their jobs and their sanity under increasingly murderous conditions. Telling the story of wartime Lebanon through a child’s eyes allows director Doueiri to focus on the fundamentally disorienting experience of living in a splintering society.
The film is free and open to the public. For information, contact the Lane University Center Information Desk at 301-687-4411. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.