This 2-year project
cost several hundred thousand dollars and entailed filming over 150 hours of
interviews with the major players in the events that took place in Lebanon between
1976 - 1990.
The idea for the War of Lebanon stemmed from the need to document a critical
and turbulent period in the history of Lebanon and the Middle East. Barring
the Palestinian cause, the Lebanese war was the most important issue in Arab
politics for almost two decades. Having the cause of Palestine at the heart
of the Lebanese conflict in addition to the intricacies of Lebanon's internal
power struggles made it imperative to document the period.
In addition to a wealth of archive material in the form of television footage,
still photographs and historical documents, the program relied heavily on the
testimony of those who took an active political military part in the conflict.
Some victims of the often savage fighting spoke on camera for the very first
time in graphic and chilling detail. The recollections of journalists and independent
observers were also documented. The ultimate aim was for an Arab broadcast to
document for the vey first time a crucial period of modern Middle Eastern history
so that the misery and suffering are not easily forgotten and perhaps provide
a lesson for future generations.
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