A film by Monika Borgmann & Lokman Slim
Documentary | 98′ | 2005
Arabic with English subtitles
The massacre in the two Beirut refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in 1982 is undoubtedly one of the most infamous examples of political mass murders in the Middle East. Director Monika Borgmann successfully convinced six participants in this brutal killing spree to share their experience. The documentary combines an investigation into the mental dispositions of the killers with reflexions on the political factors that allow such instances of horrifying collective violence to occur, and to go unpunished. Though painful and shocking to watch, “Massaker” is an absolute must-see for anyone with an interest in Middle East politics and history.
In 2004, Monika Borgman and Lokmann Slim co-founded the NGO UMAM Documentation and Research, which collects and preserves materials related to Lebanon’s history, particularly its civil war period. By 2008, her book, “Said Mekbel – Une Mort à la Lettre,” was published by Téraèdre (France) and Dar al-Jadeed (Lebanon). That work focused on a series of interviews she had conducted with the editor in chief of the Algerian journal Le Matin, who was assassinated in 1994.