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Blind Flight (2003)

The true story of Irishman Brian Keenan and Englishman John McCarthy's extraordinary relationship as hostages of militias in Lebanon during the 1979-91 Civil War.

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Kalim Koleilat ...
Industrial Cell - Kidnap Guard
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Industrial Cell - Militia Officer
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Storeroom - Joker
Dany El Khoury ...
Storeroom - Rida (as Dany B. Khoury)
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Storeroom - Senior Cleric
Mohamad Chamas ...
Underground Cell - Abed (as Mohammed Chamas)
Ziad Lahoud ...
Underground Cell - Said
Fadi Sakr ...
Underground Cell - Safi
Bahi Ghubril ...
Other Guards - Releasing Officer
Abdala Keserwani ...
Other Guards - Farmhouse Guard
Haroutioun Toupoushian ...
Other Guards - Mazin
Asbed Zaderian ...
Other Guards - First Gunman
Aine Ni Mhuiri ...
Brian's Mum
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Keenan and McCarthy spent 4.5 years confined together, held underground for much of their captivity, at times chained to each other and to the walls of their prisons. The two men, who could easily have found themselves at opposite ends of a gun barrel in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, instead forged a relationship which transcended all that appeared to divide them. "Blind Flight" tells the story of this compelling relationship as they both resurrect their deepest memories, feelings, fears and loves. In their near biblical journey they uncover many of the forces which made them blind and captive human beings prior to their physical captivity. They finally discover a compassion for their captors which makes the film a 'love story' in the fullest and most humanistic sense. Written by Anonymous

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Pleasantly Surprising!
2 December 2004 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

I recently watched a screening of Blind Flight at the Cosmat conference in Brighton and to be honest, I wasn't expecting much. Being the kind of person who generally watches mainstream movies, I thought that the fact this film is not widely recognised in the UK said it all. However I turned out to be very wrong, as I thought this movie was fantastic! The casting was very well done, and Ian Hart and Linus Roache were superb in this film, and fulfilled their characters roles very well. The film follows Brian Keenan and John McCarthy, an Irish teacher and an English Journalist captured and held hostage for 4 years in Lebanon during the 79-91 civil war. The film gives a real insight into the captive's emotions and feelings during this time, and being based on true events really makes you feel for the two men. I recently met the director John Furse and discovered that the film took 13 years to bring to UK screens, and the film was definitely worth the wait!


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