In the early 1990s, five leading Arab film directors were asked to create a short work that expressed their thoughts and feelings about the first Gulf War and its impact on Arab people, culture and intellectual thought. The Gulf War, What Next? is the revealing and rewarding feature-length collection of these five impressive short works.
Borhane Alaouié’s Black Night Eclipse follows a Lebanese filmmaker (living in Paris) as he grapples with what thematic approach to take in making a film about the war.
Nouri Bouzid’s It Is Sherherazade They’re Killing is about an Arab family gathering in Tunis during Ramadan, torn apart over dissension about the heroes and victims of the war.
Mustapha Darkaoui’s The Silence follows a film and theater production group as they are increasingly distracted from their current project by the desire to revisit Iraq and film the changes wrought in the decade since their last trip.
Néjia Ben Mabrouk’s Research of Shaima follows the filmmaker as she travels to Baghdad in search of a girl whose face she has seen on television, only to find the inevitable personal tragedy caused by the destruction of war.
In Homage by Assassination from director Elia Suleiman, we find a Palestinian screenwriter in New York City who becomes increasingly distraught over news of the Gulf War as he struggles to finish a script.
Directors: Borhane Alaouié, Néjia Ben Mabrouk, Nouri Bouzid, Mostafa Derkaoui, Elia Suleiman.
Writers: Borhane Alaouié, Néjia Ben Mabrouk, Nouri Bouzid, Mostafa Derkaoui, Elia Suleiman.
Stars: Najate Atabou, Raouf Ben Amor, Mostafa Derkaoui, Touria Hadraoui, Touria Jabrane, Mohamed Kalach, Ghalia Lansari, Fatima Loukili, Abdelaziz Meherzi, Wafa Salem, Jamel Sassi, Elia Suleiman.
Cinematographers: Daniel Bougard, Chedli Chaouachi, Juan Cristóbal Cobo, Abdelkrim Derkaoui.
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