In the 2006 war between Hizbullah and Israel, one million cluster bomb munitions rained down upon the green fields and orchards of South Lebanon, the majority in the final 3 days. An estimated 35% failed to detonate. One year later, teams of locally recruited and trained deminers race to clear the land before more civilians are injured or killed.
“Lebanon Cluster Bomb” is a feature-length documentary work-in-progress, photographed in beautiful high definition, that takes an intimate look into the lives of these brave Muslims and Christians, Sunnis and Shia, women and men. They work shoulder-to-shoulder in the sweltering heat to make their land safe again, while their country endures the worst political and economic crisis in 15 years.
“Lebanon Cluster Bomb” also serves as a detailed primer on this embattled nation, for those who have long struggled to understand its complex politics and fragile sectarian balance. With unparalleled access, Lebanon Cluster Bomb presents a portrait of a people seeking to uncover and neutralize these deadly munitions, even as their leaders traverse a political minefield that threatens to plunge the nation into civil war.
Jawad Metni is filmmaker and 2000 NYU graduate with an MA in Cinema Studies.
New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival (NYASAFF) presents the best in recent features, docs, and shorts that increase awareness of the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and their diasporas. This screening and discussion will be moderated by filmmaker Suzy Salamy.
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Co-sponsored by: The New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival, 3rd I and Alwan for the Arts. The New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival is supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.