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Massacre (2005)

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Interviews with six of the mass murderers from Sabra and Shatilla. The faces are in black and are not identifiable.
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Between September 16 and 18, 1982, for two nights and three days, the killers of Sabra and Shatila went about their heinous crimes. In the end, they had murdered between 1,000 and 3,000 Palestinian civilians, predominantly women, children and old people. The precise number of victims - both those killed and those missing - is not known to this very day. The perpetrators primarily originated from the ranks of the Forces Libanaises, a Christian militia affiliated to Israel. The logistics for this massacre were provided by the Israeli Army, under the auspices of the former Minister of Defence and current Minister President, Ariel Sharon. In 1982, the massacre in the Lebanese Palestinian camps deeply shook the public throughout the world, but today it has been (almost) entirely forgotten. This is despite the fact that it is a role model for all the massacres that followed: for example that in Rwanda or those committed during the Yugoslavian wars. Again and again, the unanswered questions ...

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The Murderers of Sabra and Shatilla





Official Sites:

Zootrope Films [France]


France | Germany | Lebanon



Release Date:

22 February 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Massacre See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon


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$500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Very Dark indeed
25 November 2005 | by edpt35See all my reviews

Not sure how one can rank this film with marks out of 10.

Very depressing, very violent (although there is no violence per se) - just 6 men talking about a massacre they were involved (they were perpetrators) in during the Lebanese war in 1982.

The last man to comment in the film really made my stomach turn - although what he says, in a rather sick way has a ring of truth to it.

If you are looking for gory images, old film footage and lots of blood this is not for you. If you are interested in listening to some fairly strange/sad/almost ordinary at times individuals reminiscing 23 years later on their deeds done in a non remorseful way, then I suggest you give it a try. There is as per typical documentary making, one former thug who seems to understand the difference between good and evil

Makes you think, but try not to think too hard, it will keep you awake all night. Try Robert Fisk's Pity the Nation before you watch as it will give you a good background to the historical events at the time.

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