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Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige


52 minutes

Arabic with English subtitles

In Hadjithomas and Joreige’s remarkable documentary, six individuals describe the more than ten years they each spent interned in the Khiam detention camp, built in 1985 by Israel's auxiliary militia, the South Lebanon Army.

They tell of solitary confinement in rooms no bigger than closets, of six people packed in one cell—allowed only their prison uniforms, a mattress, and a blanket. Deprived of everything except dreams, they hide scraps of life-stones, cheese wrappers, and garbage and use them to create art. Their stories are graphic, brutal, and sometimes horrifying, yet they each pay tribute to the struggle of the individual to live and to dream.

The prisoners developed and exchanged extraordinary production techniques in order to communicate, to create, to disobey, and to preserve the very sense of humanity which such a camp tries to smother.

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