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Miguel's War

Country: Lebanon | Germany | Spain, Language: Arabic | Spanish, 128 mins

  • Director: Eliane Raheb
  • Writer: Eliane Raheb

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In this portrait that is multi-layered both in terms of form and content, a gay man confronts the ghosts of his past and explores hidden longings, unrequited love and tormenting feelings of guilt. Miguel was born in 1963 to a conservative, Catholic Lebanese father and an authoritarian mother from a wealthy Syrian family. Numerous conflicts over his national, religious and sexual identity compelled him to flee to Spain in his early twenties. In post-Franco Madrid where he lived an openly gay existence, his life resembled one long Almodóvarian orgy, full of excess and sexual taboo-breaking. This was followed first by a collapse and then a new beginning. After fleeing war and repression 37 years ago, Miguel returns to Lebanon. In a mixture of re-enactments, animation, soul-searching interviews and archive material, the filmmaker and the filmed join forces to dissect old traumas and emotional injuries and explore possibilities of catharsis via a brand of self-scrutiny that holds nothing back. 


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Cast & Characters

Miguel Jleilaty
Maria Zabala Peña
Hashem Adnan
Majdi Machmouchi
Maya Yammine
François Nour
Ruben Cardoso