Lebanon: of Wars and Men
FotoFest is pleased to be a partner in this special presentation at the Museum of Fine Arts,
SUNDAY, April 17
Lebanon: of War and Men
Directed by Frédéric Lafont
4:30pm / Tickets $7-$9
Brown Auditorium Theater at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
1001 Bissonnet St 77005
Please buy tickets online, at www.mfah.org
Dinner and reception included in ticket price.
Food will be served during the intermission, at 6:45pm in Cullinan Hall, in the Caroline Wiess Law Building
The film will be followed by a Q&A session, and reception with professor Jean-Pierre Filiu, renowned historian and Professor of Middle East Studies at Science Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA).
In a place where history remains untold and subject to biased ideological readings, Lebanon of Wars and Men was necessary to avoid a permanent erasure of memory
The film is a record of the personal experiences of witnesses and participants from many and varied confessions and parties. Woven together, their testimonies provide a riveting historical chronology of the Lebanese Civil War which focuses not only on the many reasons for the war but also the Lebanese people, their passion for life and resilience.
Frédéric Laffont’s documentary underscores, through the story of the Lebanese war, the complicated politics of the region and its susceptibility to proxy wars. It transcends Lebanese history, to reflect on the reality of humanity and suffering in any conflict or war. As the world’s attention shifts to other burning conflicts in the Middle East, Lebanon has become a blind spot in our picture of the late 20th Century. Understanding the Lebanese war gives us insight into the dynamics that currently drive the entire Middle East region.
"The inexorability of violence doesn’t mean that the fate of Lebanon was predestined, that war was a necessity and its incessant recurrence a fatality". Samir Kassir, historian and journalist, assassinated in 2005.
Frédéric Laffont is an award-winning director of films and television documentaries. This screening will be the first presentation of Lebanon of Wars and Men in the United States.
This documentary is brought to you by the collaborative effort and generous sponsorship of:
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston;
Cultural Service of the Consulate General of France in Houston