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Beirut: The Last Home Movie
A film by Jennifer Fox
1988, 120 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99176
BEIRUT: THE LAST HOME MOVIE is an imaginative film which challenges documentary form and concepts of reality by exposing a personal response to a global event—three months in the life of a Lebanese family living in a heavily-bombed Beirut neighborhood. This extraordinary film captures the real-life experiences of a family living in one of the most chaotic wars in history and provides insight into the psychology of war, 20th century-style. It also reveals the power of cinema verité at its best: a seemingly simple recording of everyday life becomes a fascinating, complex and many-layered look at the connections between personal and political lives.


Golden Eagle Award, C.I.N.E.
Women & Cinema Argentina, Press Award
Soc. Civile des Aut. Multimedia, Best Screenplay
Sundance FF, Best Documentary and Cinematography
San Francisco Film Festival, Golden Gate Award
Cinema du Reel, Grand Prix

  • Berlin Film Festival
  • London Film Festival
  • Frontline Special on PBS
  • INPUT, The International Television Conference

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    “A documentary with the expansiveness and complexity of great fiction….It takes great guts to attempt an audacious feat like this one, and something like genius to pull it off.”
    Hal Hinson
    Washington Post

    “A rich psychological mystery….Consistently intriguing.”
    Caryn James
    New York Times

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