We loved each other so much

We loved each other so much

DVD - 2003 | Arabic
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"For nearly half a century, the Lebanese singer Hoda Nouhad Haddad, better known as Fairuz, has been a living legend in the Arab world. [The film] tells the stories of diverse Beirut inhabitants who, regardless of their political or religious affiliations, have always felt a deep emotional connection with Fairuz and her music, which expresses such universal themes as romantic longing, family attachments, nostalgia for simpler times and love of country. By explaining their attachment to the music and the myth of Fairuz, they tell their life stories, often recounting violent incidents from the civil war. Their reminiscences, combined with portions of many of Fairuz's songs, provide a moving commentary on Lebanon's tumultuous history, traces of which are still visible in Beirut's devastated cityscape and bullet-scarred buildings."--Container.
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : First Run/Icarus Films, c2003
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.4216 WE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sd., col. ; 43/4 in

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ClarkHarveyRoth
Jan 05, 2016

Awesome documentary, first of all. Exhibit A is a celebrated Lebanese singer who never excused herself from the country & its problems, no matter how ugly it got on the ground, & who also managed to appeal long-term & universally to a nation embroiled in civil war without ever publicly taking sides. There's very little biographical information about the artist, but somehow you don't really miss it. What matters is the voice, & the love of country & love of love that it conveys, as if from far away, in a dream. Exhibit B is the shelled city of Beirut, every available surface of every building studded with bullet holes, literally from neighbors killing neighbors over a period of years & years & years. Exhibit C is the city's beleaguered residents in the aftermath, none of whom lived to be untouched by the conflict, all of whom survived by the beauty & fortitude of this woman's music. You feel the anxiety of the dilemma, too, for everyone involved: whether to simply escape the place & its problems, or to accept the anguish of staying because it's the only country that can ever really be your own. Powerful, sobering stuff. CR

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