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Tornado, The
Tornado, The

Feature Film

Samir Habchi


90 minutes

Arabic with English subtitles
    "A phantasm of violence, absurdity and death."
- L'Orient Du Jour

"A gripping study of the complexities of the civil war with particular reference to Lebanese Christian Involvement."
- Mesa Film Fest

In 1992, a young Lebanese director accomplished what many filmmakers considered impossible: a film about the Lebanese Civil War shot on location. Filmed with the help of the Lebanese government, The Tornado narrates the story of a young Lebanese student on a visit home from the Soviet Union. While initially alienated by the war, he quickly finds himself an active participant.

A visual tour-de-force, The Tornado was initially banned in Lebanon and later released in an edited version which was awarded a Special Jury Prize at the Festival de Bastiz, France. It also won the Prix de la Nonviolence in Beirut in 1992.

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

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