Erased… Ascent of the Invisible (12A*)

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Ghassan Halwani’s debut feature is both a poetic – and a literal search – to uncover suppressed histories, through which he brings into frame into the legacy of the war.

An image caught Ghassan Halwani’s eye as he walked down the street – that of a man, staring out at him from the city walls. He had seen this face before – twenty-five years earlier, he had witnessed that man’s kidnapping. Parts of his face are torn but his features appear unchanged. So begins a quest, as is documented in Halwani’s powerful investigation, to make visible those who are absent – and yet undeniably present.

As the director literally scrapes away at the walls of Beirut’s gentrified neighbourhoods, he underlines the omnipresence of thousands of forcibly disappeared individuals of Lebanon’s 15-year civil war – hidden in the layers of the city, if only you look closely enough

Lebanon 2018 Dir Ghassan Halwani 74 min

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