The devastation of Lebanon caused by the Israeli bombing of homes, schools, medical facilities, roads and bridges in southern Lebanon is horrific. The extent of this destruction and the loss of life went largely unreported in the U.S. media. As in Iraq, the public's field of vision has been sanitized to the human cost of the mass homicide. Hundreds of dead and maimed children cannot be reduced to numerical calculation. The destruction of much of Lebanon’s infrastructure cannot be simply quantified. Like the story spun about the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the U.S. media narration obscures the larger strategic reasons for this war and blocks examination of the U.S. agenda in the region, typically euphemized as defending Israel and “protecting American interests.”
This series is based largely on interviews with ordinary Lebanese citizens, heart-wrenching stories of loss and determination against a backdrop of unimaginable destruction. In war it is not only the innocent civilians who suffer the most, their voices are the first and most effectively silenced. These programs let them speak.
In addition to the documentaries, programs 2-8 include short videos by Lebanese artists in a section we've titles ART IN A TIME OF WAR