Film Screening: The Soil and the Sea

by | Feb 23, 2024

The film, The Soil and The Sea is being released in UK cinemas and will screen at Curzon Oxford on February 29th (+ director Q&A).
The film, featuring a text by Elias Khoury and produced in partnership with NGO Act for the Disappeared is the first documentary to record the presence and erasure of clandestine graves from Lebanon’s Civil War.

In Lebanon there are more than 100 untouched mass graves dating back from the Civil War, and thousands of families awaiting a missing relative or at least a bone to bury

The Soil and the Sea unveils the violence lying beneath a garden, a school, a cafe, a hotel, and other unremarkable landscapes. As the camera interrogates these everyday spaces, voices fill them with erased stories. 

More than 30 years after the end of the war, families in Lebanon have been unable to find answers about the fate of their loved ones. However, the creation of a National Commission for the Disappeared in 2020 has injected new hope that these sites will be investigated and that remains will one day be returned to families awaiting a bone to bury. This documentary stands as the first record of these sites, threatened by neglect, real estate developments, and oblivion. 

The Soil and The Sea (Film Screening and Q&A)

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