Lamia Joreige on disappearance and the memories of war

Artist Lamia Joreige is deeply interested in exploring the cultural impact of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-90). Here she discusses the making of Here and Perhaps Elsewhere, a film in which she walks the (now) invisible Green Line that divided the city for more than a decade of war, approaching strangers and asking if they knew anyone from the area who was kidnapped during the conflict. The responses she received disrupt the silence surrounding the missing that continues to pervade postwar Beirut.

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  • Total running time: 3 min. 19 sec.

  • Featured Artist: Lamia Joreige
  • SFMOMA Release Date: September 2012