Theater of Cruelty


Urban agriculture in Palestinian refugee camps

FOOD: In refugee camps all over Lebanon and Syria, the Palestinian aid organization Jafra Foundation has been responsible for urban cultivation – with organic and short-lived herbs and vegetables. But the societal benefit extends further than that. They build planters, provide soil, compost, small plants, seeds and access to water.

Permanent state of emergency

ESSAY: The power goes out, exchange rates fluctuate, bread prices explode, fuel disappears. There are also still traces of the explosion. Yet Beirut's hard-pressed citizens time and again manage to find a foothold in chaos. And the chaos is contributing to Beirut never becoming a clean-up city.

The Arab Spring and us – ten years later

ESSAY: The Arab Spring has mainly been a revolt against inequality. What was the result?

When corruption comes to life

BEIRUT: In its extreme consequence, corruption contributes to the loss of human life. We saw it in Bangladesh when the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in 2013.

The war reporter close to the truth

PORTRAIT FILM: War Reporter Robert Fisk has the courage to monitor and challenge. He is known for reporting from the front lines in violation of the official line of politicians and authorities.

The people of Lebanon do not give up

LEBANON: "We go home when the government goes home," said the protesters at the Riad al-Solh in Beirut.

Breaking the silence on the Lebanese civil war

THE WAR IN LIBANON: About a War shows how understanding history can contribute to reconciliation and progress in a society where it is still taboo to talk about the past.

Clouds of lies

An overwhelming amount of disappearance cases remain unresolved in Lebanon.

To understand Hezbollah

Hezbollah has Islamized the class struggle. The belief gives strength to an ignored population, concludes author and researcher Sarah Marusek after two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Lebanon.

That talk is taboo

When Lebanese-born Ziad Doueiri embarked on his new film, he considered it very likely that the Lebanese authorities would ban the film because of its controversial content.  

The price of freedom

The sexuality of Lebanese Danielle Arbid's films is an expression of protest, struggle and rebellion against taboos. 

They forgot the power of memories

A strong film about Beirut's construction workers won at Visions du Réel in Switzerland. 

The eyes closed for the future

The flow of the month for abo: The dream of a lost homeland is the only refugee left, as portrayed in this documentary. How can one then face the future?

A wonderful city, a sad city

Beirut: The disaster has its own logic – slow, slow, people live their lives. How does a crisis appear? What signs should we learn to read? And what does it mean to write in a time like now?