An image caught Ghassan Halwani’s eye as he walked down the street – that of a man, staring out at him from the city walls. He had seen this face before – twenty-five years earlier, he had witnessed that man’s kidnapping. Parts of his face are torn but his features appear unchanged. So begins a quest, as is documented in Halwani’s powerful investigation, to make visible those who are absent – and yet undeniably present. As the director literally scrapes away at the walls of Beirut’s gentrified neighbourhoods, he underlines the omnipresence of those disappeared – hidden in the l...
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