Arabic Film Festival’s project manager Jeanine reccomend All this victory

“All This Victory” takes place during the Lebanese-Israeli conflict in 2006, also known as the “July War”

My name is Jeanine and I am the Arabic Film Festival’s project manager. For my recommendation, I would like to pick the film “All This Victory”, and not just because we are both made in Lebanon, but because it is truly a film not to miss.

“All This Victory” takes place during the Lebanese-Israeli conflict in 2006, also known as the “July War”. During a brief ceasefire, Marwan (played by Karam Ghossein) drives from Beirut to the South of Lebanon, to pick up his father in his birth village near the Israeli border. 

Circumstances lead him into the house of two village elders, a house that stood witness to continuous years of aggression and Israeli bombings in 1982, 1993 and then in 2006. But to their misfortune, while Marwan and the others were gathered downstairs, Israeli soldiers moved into the upstairs floor, forcing them into heavy silence for fear of being detected. 

Inspired by true events, this oppressive confinement set the scene for filmmaker Ahmad Ghossein’s first feature. A hauntingly minimalistic and yet realistic depiction of the claustrophobia, tension and trauma of war, the film centers on lived experience and complicates the idea of “Victory”.

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