West Beirut (film)

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West Beirut
West Beirut.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byZiad Doueiri
Written byZiad Doueiri
StarringRami Doueiri
Mohamad Chamas
Rola Al Amin
Music byStewart Copeland
CinematographyRicardo Jacques Gale
Editing byDominique Marcombe
Release dates1998
Running time105 minutes
CountryLebanon
LanguageArabic
French
 
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West Beirut
West Beirut.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byZiad Doueiri
Written byZiad Doueiri
StarringRami Doueiri
Mohamad Chamas
Rola Al Amin
Music byStewart Copeland
CinematographyRicardo Jacques Gale
Editing byDominique Marcombe
Release dates1998
Running time105 minutes
CountryLebanon
LanguageArabic
French

West Beirut (French: West Beyrouth (À l'abri les enfants); Arabic: بيروت الغربيةBeyrouth Al Gharbiyya) is a 1998 Lebanese drama film written and directed by Ziad Doueiri.

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In April 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Muslim-Christian line and is divided into East and West Beirut. Tarek is in high school, making Super 8 movies with his friend, Omar. At first the war is a lark: school has closed, the violence is fascinating, getting from West to East is a game. His mother wants to leave; his father refuses. Tarek spends time with May, a Christian, orphaned and living in his building. By accident, Tarek goes to an infamous brothel in the war-torn Olive Quarter, meeting its legendary madam, Oum Walid. He then takes Omar and May there. Family tensions rise. As he comes of age, the war moves inexorably from adventure to tragedy.

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