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Meetings on the Bridge
A Time to Rest

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A Time to Rest

Directed by Myriam El Hajj

  • France, Lebanon 2015; 66 min
  • Original version: Arabic
  • Genre: Documentary
    • SCAM Prix Découverte - Visions du Réel

  • From the director of COMMEDIA presented at Meetings on the Bridge


Riad, a middle-aged man, holds a firearm shop in a neighbourhood of Beirut. When he meets up with his friends or goes hunting with them, it is often with the aim of evoking together their memories of the civil war fought in the Christian militia. They live in nostalgia for the war that impassioned their youth. Director Myriam El Hajj builds solid architectural images that interrogate — and, perhaps, over time even manage to articulate — the intimate origins (Riad is El Hajj’s uncle) of endemic warmongering and violence that never seems to depart. She stays on course, maintaining an untenable position and fuelling the fire of controversial issues, while she traverses the minefield of historical responsibilities.



    Myriam Sassine