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Samidoun: A Journey into the 34 Day War in Lebanon

Join photojournalist Andrew Stern and independent filmmaker/journalist W. Brandon Jourdan for a public screening and discussion of photography and video footage taken during and after the 34-day war in Lebanon.

When: Wednesday, September 20th 6:45 PM

Where: New School University, 55 W 13th St, Room 101-A

In the aftermath of the 34-day Israeli war in Lebanon, people emerged to find their homes and lives destroyed. After years of attempting to rebuild, Lebanon is once again in rubble. Much of the suburbs south of Beirut, the Bekaa area, the northern coastline, and many of the villages in South Lebanon were leveled by Israeli bombardment. The damage caused by the destruction of factories, energy plants, bridges, and roads affects all of Lebanon. The cost of repair is in the billions. Although Israel claimed to be fighting a war against Hezbollah, most of the victims are civilians, many of them children.

In Samidoun, photojournalist Andrew Stern interweaves still photography and audio to take us on a heart-wrenching journey through the devastating thirty-four day war in Lebanon and its aftermath post cease-fire. It is a uniquely intimate look at the human cost of this bloody conflict that took the lives of at least 1600 people, wounded thousands, and displaced over one million. Stern’s work takes us to the scene of massive bombings, travels through the desolation of Lebanon’s destroyed landscape, bears witness as people emerge from the rubble to bury their dead, and ultimately reveals the steadfast determination of the Lebanese people to survive and rebuild their country in the face of unimaginable violence and national anguish. Stern’s work is a reminder of the importance and power of independent journalism, in the face of a mainstream media that increasingly presents a one sided and superficial perspective.

“Samidoun” translates from Arabic to “steadfastness, or those who stay”.

There is also a Lebanese grassroots relief group called Samidoun, who provided desperately needed services to thousands of internally displaced peoples during the war and is now working to help people return and rebuild. For more information or to get involved or contribute, visit www.samidoun.org.

Independent journalist and award-winning independent filmmaker, W. Brandon Jourdan, went to Lebanon to document the destruction left by the offensive, cover the resilience of the Lebanese people, and to find the root causes of the conflict. His collected video provides in-depth analysis from experienced international journalists, activists, and academics, mixed with testimony from ordinary people who lived through the experience of this brutal war.

The video travels to areas hit hard by bombing; from Beirut’s suburbs to South Lebanon. It has rare interviews with survivors of the Qana massacre to leading Lebanese political analysts Sameh Idriss to Rima Fahkry of Hezbollah’s Political Council. It follows families from throughout Lebanon and shows their untold story. In a multimedia-presentation using testimony and video, Jourdan shows the effects of war and the triumph of human will. The video is will be used as part of an upcoming Deep Dish TV series produced by Jourdan and several other documentary makers who worked in Lebanon.

by Andrew Stern at 2006-09-19 21:42:09 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) New York City , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

20 Sep 2006 00:09
is this only one night? will there be an exhbition to follow?

by [former member] | 20 Sep 2006 12:09 (ed. Sep 20 2006) | Jerusalem, Israel | | Report spam→
Yes just one date in NYC so far. There will be other dates in other places, coming up on the 22nd at the Parallax film festival in Austin, TX for example. There may be an exhibition as well at some point, but for now it’s just presenting my multimedia piece along with various filmmakers. Also, I mistakenly originally posted this is happening on the 22nd (NYC), but its actually tonight, the 20th!

by Andrew Stern | 20 Sep 2006 13:09 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→

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