This lyrical three-part video project investigates the possibilities and limits of writing a history of the Lebanese Civil Wars (1975-1991). Director Walid Ra'ad does not document what happened but, rather, what can be imagined, what can be said, what can be taken for granted, what can appear as rational, sayable and thinkable about these wars.
The Dead Weight of a Quarrel Hangs is a three-part video project that investigates the possibilities and limits of writing a history of the Lebanese civil wars (1975-1991). The three parts are: Missing Lebanese Wars (in three parts), Secrets in the Open Sea and Miraculous Beginnings (in two parts).
All are short fake documentaries, hysterical symptoms of sorts, that present imaginary events constructed out of innocent and everyday material. The tapes document fantastic situations that beset a number of individuals during the civil wars.
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