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Friday, September 30, 9:15pm
(2021, DCP, documentary, 128m, Arabic, Spanish, English, and French w/English subtitles) dir. Eliane Raheb. Spain, Lebanon, Germany. Miguel’s War is the story of a gay man who grew up oppressed and shamed during the Lebanese Civil War. Raised by a conservative Catholic father and an authoritarian Syrian mother, teenage Miguel was incapable of asserting himself. In 1983, desperate to prove he “exists” and can act like “a real man,” Miguel joined the fighting as part of an armed faction. But his experience was devastating. Traumatized, he immigrates to post-Franco Madrid, where he seeks to liberate himself through debauchery. A string of destructive relationships lead him to attempt suicide. Trying to pull himself together, Miguel becomes an interpreter in Barcelona. Now, thirty-seven years after leaving Lebanon, Miguel feels ready to face his trauma and the ghosts of his past, hoping to regain his emotional balance and maybe even find love. Filmed on location in Lebanon and Spain, this feature film intertwines cinematic forms, melding documentary, animation, theater, and archival footage, to tell a story about confrontation, self-awareness, and catharsis.
CW: Depictions of physical and sexual violence and suicide.
FRI 9:15 $10