Ghassan Halwani and the reclaiming of Lebanon's imaginaries
This article explores how the collective memory pertaining to the war's kidnapped and victims of enforced disappearances, has thus far been addressed in Lebanon through Ghassan Halwani's 2018 film “Erased,___Ascent of the Invisible”.
To cite this paper: Joey Ayoub ,"Ghassan Halwani and the reclaiming of Lebanon's imaginaries", Civil Society Knowledge Centre, Lebanon Support, 2019-12-01 00:00:00. doi: 10.28943/CSKC.002.70001[ONLINE]: https://civilsociety-centre.org/ar/paper/ghassan-halwani-and-reclaiming-lebanons-imaginaries
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- 2. The movie is an exploration of, and a lament for, Lebanon's kidnapped and victims of enforced disappearances during the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War, as well as the suppressed memories in the postwar era. It was not released in theaters in Lebanon, but has been screened at Ayyam Beirut Cinamai'ya, the "Almost There" festival hosted by the Heinrich Boell Foundation's Middle East Office in Lebanon, and lately during the Berlinale Talents-Lebanon.
- 3. A statement heard from interlocutors during previous fieldwork I had conducted.
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- 5. Lebanese Cinema: Imagining the Civil War and Beyond. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2008.
Joey Ayoub is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Analysis at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He earned his B.S. in Environmental Health from the American University of Beirut in 2013, and his MA in Cultural Studies from SOAS, University of London in 2015. His research focuses on temporality and the politics of postwar cinema in Lebanon. In addition to Lebanon, his wider interests include postgrowth, solarpunk, gender & masculinity, post-2011 Syria/MENA and global implications, de-colonisation efforts in Israel/Palestine and global developments with a focus on environmental, intersectional/feminist and transnational politics. He was also the editor for the MENA region at Global Voices Online and IFEX. He currently hosts the podcast 'The Fire These Times' and runs the 'Hummus For Thought' newsletter.