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Director:
Writer:
Ziad Doueiri (writer)
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Release Date:
30 October 1998 (Norway) See more »
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Plot:
In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
8 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Rami Doueiri ... Tarek Noueri
Naamar Sahli
Mohamad Chamas ... Omar (as Mouhidine Guerra)
Rola Al Amin ... May (as Rolande Amin)
Carmen Lebbos ... Hala Noueri - Tarek's mother (as Carmen Loubbos)
Joseph Bou Nassar ... Riad Noueri - Tarek' father (as Joseph Nassar)
Liliane Nemri ... Neighbor (as Liliane Nemry)
Leïla Karam ... Oum Walid - the madame (as Leila Karam)
Mahmoud Mabsout ... Hassan - the baker
Hassan Farhat ... Roadblock Militiaman
Fadi Abou Khalil ... Bakery Militiaman (as Fadi Abi Samra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abla Khoury
Aïda Sabra ... School Principal (uncredited)

Directed by
Ziad Doueiri 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ziad Doueiri  writer

Produced by
Bjørn Eivind Aarskog .... co-producer
Rachid Bouchareb .... producer
Jean Bréhat .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
 
Cinematography by
Ricardo Jacques Gale 
 
Film Editing by
Dominique Marcombe 
 
Production Design by
Hamze Nasrallah 
 
Production Management
Elie Adabachi .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Cantin .... sound
David Rit .... sound assistant
Thierry Sabatier .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Ronan Broudin .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Gus Khazaka .... grip
 
Music Department
John Bilezikjian .... musician: flute
Jeff Seitz .... music co-producer
 
Other crew
Delphine Régnier .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"West Beyrouth (À l'abri les enfants)" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
105 min | Argentina:105 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
'Mohammad Chamas' who played Omar in the movie was discovered by accident. At one time while the crew was preparing the set and not having found an actor to play Omar, Mohammed was passing by and he had a fight with one of the crew members. The director noticed him and immediately asked him to play the character. After having lived in an orphanage most of his life, becoming a lead in a motion picture was an important change of pace.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: On 13 April 1975, while class is in session, Tarek watches the ambush of the bus from the balcony of his school in Christian-dominated East Beirut. 13 April 1975 was a Sunday. Schools in East Beirut are closed on Sundays.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Escape from Hell (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
Chant Byzantin AlleluiaSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
What is your activation energy?, 24 September 1999
Author: Kal Masri (Komombo) from San Diego, California

I have seen this movie several times, the first time at a private screening in Los Angeles. It was a powerful experience shared by the many attendees that connected and understood this movie in a very special way. The roller coaster of emotions (sadness, laughter, anger, hope, despair, etc.) left me so exhausted I literally needed an energy bar afterwards.

There are a few things I MUST say about this movie. First, it is an excellent work overall, light with its humor, touching with its sincerity, striking with its honesty, and plain good looking and sounding (hats off to the awesome tracks by Stewart Copeland, the man is a genius). Second, this movie is not only a Herculean first effort for Director/Writer Ziad Doueiri (who had to seek funding and support from around the globe), but also the first respectable and universal Lebanese film to invade the world cinematic circuit. Third, the movie's inaccuracies are irrelevant especially to a worldwide audience that seeks entertainment and dramatic content; and this movie achieves both with adeptness. If you are a history buff and/or have zero tolerance for fiction and poetry (in pictures, words, and music) then this movie is not for you.

I wondered after the screening what it was that moved me to tears in West Beirut, and I could not remember one single moment. I later realized that this movie did for me (a Lebanese that grew up in the west part of Beirut during the war) what no other movie has done before it: tell OUR story. I felt like a released prisoner, like a person who regained the ability to speak after years of silence, like....you get the idea. The sad thing is that very few in the Western hemisphere either really cared or understood the Lebanese people or their war experience, but this movie opens a big door and sheds a great light into one of the many dark corners of this Middle Eastern region.

For the "universal" emigrant (whether Lebanese or Bosnian or Kosovar)this movie is a must see; it offer a lifeline to those with a past that is both lamented and cherished. As to the rest of you out there, this movie is not only highly entertaining, but also a refreshing and necessary look at a people and area of the world that have been unfortunately misunderstood and maligned for years. So kill your TV for one night and activate your energy to go see this movie, you will not regret it.

Ziad and West Beirut deserve big applause and respect for what they have achieved. They have broken barriers (how many Lebanese movies have you seen lately?), taboos ("In the West we are called camel jockeys"), and Western perceptions of the Lebanese in general. I frankly can't wait to see the fruits of Ziad's next film. Hurry man, We need the fix!

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