Mother, Lebanon & Me
Lebanon | 2009 | 70 minutes | Color | DVD | Arabic, French | Subtitled | Order No. 111024
Her montage draws on conversations with Naccache's mother toward the end of life, along with footage of this beautiful, accomplished woman and ardent secularist in more physically robust times. Stunning scenes of tranquil Beirut and southern Lebanon contrast with close-ups of a nation under siege from within and abroad. Recent interviews with two longtime friends—a leftist teacher of philosophy in a Christian village school and a Shiite Muslim viewing Hezbollah as Lebanon’s only hope—raise crucial questions about the nation’s identity and precarious future.
"Recommended. Like the Middle East itself, Mother, Lebanon, and Me is a film of extreme contrasts and duality. It explains much as to why there seems to be no middle ground there and why eventual lasting peace is still a long way off."
“In ‘Mother, Lebanon and Me’ Olga Nakkas pushes the envelope on the slogan that the personal is political. Nakkas documents her mother's last years, as well as Lebanon's recent political traumas. …The jarring transition from the very private space of the family, and the public and political landscape of Lebanon, enables Nakkas to provide pieces from the jigsaw puzzle that is Lebanon."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Beirut Film Festival
- Docudays Lebanon
- Ecrans Du Reel Beirut
- Inter Media Spain
- Istanbul Docudays
- Songes D’une Nuit Dv Paris
Olga Naccache was born in Mersin, Turkey to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother. Naccache was raised in Beirut, where the family relocated in 1956. After studying Arabic literature and journalism, she worked as an Assistant Director for various television stations during the Lebanese war. She started directing and producing her own films, including Lebanon: Bits and Pieces, Turkish Woman Unveiled, Tazi Istambooul, Mother Lebanon and Me, in 1994. Souriya, The Challenge is her latest film on the war on Syria. (2016)