HU OSA 350-4-5 Lebanon

Identity Statement

Reference Code
HU OSA 350-4-5
1983 - 1998
Description Level
Extent and medium (processed)
9 BetaSP NTSC, 0.27 linear meters

Content and Structure

Scope and Content (Abstract)
The Lebanon series contains nine tapes (raw footage and documentaries) covering the Lebanese Civil War which took place between 1975 and 1990. The events covered include: the Sabra-Shatila massacre, Beirut under siege in 1982, the situation in Southern Lebanon in the 1990s and instances of the Israeli Army in Lebanon, particularly in Southern Lebanon, as well as marine activities of the Multinational Force in Lebanon in 1983.

Not Expected

Conditions of Access and Use

Conditions governing access
Open to the public.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyrights are held by creators/producers (no rights are held by OSA at CEU).
Arabic, English, French
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
9 Beta SP NTSC tapes

Description Control

Archivist's note
Processed by Anna Kövecsi and Alexandra Lăzău-Ratz, December, 2010 – January, 2011; revised by Anna Kövecsi and Csaba Szilágyi, May, 2011.
Call Number Description
BetaSP NTSC #1
24th Marine Amphibious Unit in Lebanon
U.S. Marine Corps in Beirut, Lebanon, Morehead City, October 1983. Footage of the HQ of the Multinational Force in Lebanon one week after the Beirut barracks bombing.
Afghan Persian, Dari language, Date of production: 1983, Duration: 20 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009979
BetaSP NTSC #2
Marines in Lebanon
The tape covers marine activities of the Multinational Force in Lebanon (MNF), a force created in 1982 and sent to Lebanon to oversee the withdrawal of the Palestine Liberation Organization. It contains various shots with marines: men around a table under a camouflage net, eating, writing letters, reading, and listening to the radio; two marines running in sandbagged position under camouflage net, and sighting 60mm mortar; marines buying souvenirs from stocks in the trunk of a car; marines in sandbagged positions looking through binoculars; marines looking through scopes mounted on M600 sniping rifles; and marines in bunker overlooking the beach, eating and relaxing.
Afghan Persian, Dari language, Date of production: 1983, Duration: 17 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009980
BetaSP NTSC #3
War Generation Beirut
“War Generation Beirut” looks into the Lebanese war via interviews with Lebanese people of different backgrounds: militiamen of all categories, fighters, kidnappers and snipers, refugees, and young children who incorporate street battles and war scenarios in their daily games. The film counts the testimonies of three generations of young people who grew up in war-torn Beirut, having lived directly or indirectly a war that lasted almost 2 decades, deeply changed their destinies, and traumatized their families’ lives. Using their own words and actions, the film reveals the thoughts, feelings, and aspirations of the "war generation."
English, English, Arabic language, Date of production: 1988, Duration: 50 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009981
BetaSP NTSC #4
Hostage of Time
Laila, a young doctor, returns to her village in Southern Lebanon shortly after the 1993 Israeli attack which destroyed 50 villages and displaced half a million people. Following her work with the women and children of the surrounding villages, the film charts the hopes and dreams of the people of Southern Lebanon and their efforts to rebuild their lives.
Arabic, English language, Date of production: 1994, Duration: 50 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009982
BetaSP NTSC #5
Wild Flowers: Women of South Lebanon / Zahrat al-Kundoul
Women played a crucial role in fighting the Israeli invasion of Southern Lebanon. Through the experience of Khadijeh, who was imprisoned and tortured during the 1982 Israeli invasion, the film tells the story of the resistance of the women of south Lebanon to the Israeli occupation of their country.
Arabic, English language, Date of production: 1986, Duration: 1 hour 10 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009983
BetaSP NTSC #6
Children of Shatila
Shatila camp first became known after the Sabra-Shatila massacre in 1982. Located in Beirut's "belt of misery," the camp is home to 15,000 Palestinians and Lebanese who share a common experience of displacement, unemployment, and poverty. Fifty years after the exile of their grandparents from Palestine, the children of Shatila camp attempt to come to terms with the overwhelming realities of being refugees in a camp which has survived massacre, siege, and starvation. The filmmaker focuses on the lives of two Palestinian children: Farah, age 11, and Issa, age 12. Given video cameras, the two record the realities of their daily lives and their history.
Arabic, English language, Date of production: 1998, Duration: 50 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009984
BetaSP NTSC #7
Under the Rubble
“Under The Rubble” is the filmmakers' attempt to tell the story of Beirut when in 1982 most of its western part was under siege by Israeli troops.
Arabic, English, French language, Date of production: 1983, Duration: 40 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009985
BetaSP NTSC #8
Up to the South / Talaeen a Junuub
A documentary about Southern Lebanon exploring the status-quo of the country and the opinion of the Lebanese in the early 1990s. “Up to the South” deals particularly with the Western perception of the Middle East. Through numerous interviews, the documentary also looks at the concepts of land, culture, and identity.
Arabic, English, French, English language, Date of production: 1993, Duration: 1 hour
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009986
BetaSP NTSC #9
Israel Accused
“BBC Correspondent” program about the crimes committed by the Israeli army in Lebanon and in particular the actions undertaken at Khiam prison in Southern Lebanon. Khiam prison was a detention and interrogation center during the years of the Israeli occupation in Southern Lebanon. From 1985 until the Israeli withdrawal in 2000, thousands of Lebanese were held in prison without trial. Most of them were tortured and some of them died. Through interviews with survivors of the Khiam Detention Center, as well as human rights, medical and legal experts, the film asks where the blame for these crimes really lies—in the hands of the South Lebanese Army (SLA) or the Israeli forces?
English language, Date of air: 2000-11-04, Date of production: 1995, Duration: 44 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009987