Documentary: Miguel's War

The team:
Director & Script: Eliane Raheb (Lebanon)
Producers: Eliane Raheb (Lebanon), Margot Haiböck, Lissi Muschol (Germany)

Title: Miguel's War
Category: Documentary
Length: 90 min

Miguel’s War portrays a sensitive but self-destructive Lebanese man, strongly oppressed by society all through his youth. In 1982 he decides to participate in Lebanon’s civil war to find a place within society and to prove his family that he can fight like a «real man». He fails. Traumatised by his experiences and haunted by an eternal feeling of guilt and shame, Miguel leaves to Spain. It’s only now – more than 30 years after leaving Lebanon – that Miguel is willing to confront himself and the ghosts from his past to finally find emotional balance.

Jury statement:
For telling a fascinating, unique and courageous story of reconstructing one’s identity facing humiliation, oppression and violence, and for its original artistic approach without compromises, the jury awarded this project.

The Team

© David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2016