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Love and War on the Rooftop : From Jabal Mohsen and Bab el Tebbaneh to the silver screen

BEIRUT | - October 22, 2015, 12h26
Image from the LWR documentary.

“Love and War on the Rooftop – the Documentary” will premiere on November 2 in Beirut. This movie tells the ‘behind the scene’ story of the play “Love and War on the Rooftop – A Tripolitan Tale” and its 16 actors.

The overwhelming success of the play might have seemed like it was a piece of cake on stage, but the play was the fruit of hard labor that took almost 7 months to complete. The initiative of the play was launched by MARCH, a Lebanese civil movement, “actively seeking to safe keep the tenets of a peaceful and prosperous Lebanon” and dreaming of an “open-minded, peaceful and tolerant Lebanese society”, they explain on their Facebook page.

Bringing together former combatants and helping them work together over many weeks and create lasting friendships and camaraderie, was no easy task, the NGO stated in a press release announcing the Premiere of the Documentary. You can watch the trailer here below. Its strength will probably give you goosebumps (you've been warned).

Months of conflict resolution exercises and working towards a common goal were riddled with tension and obstacles that most people felt were insurmountable. At the end of them though, the MARCH team and the volunteers from Tripoli eliminated the word “them” and replaced it with a resounding “us”. LWR is a story about Ali, Fatme, Tarek, Rayan, Alaa and their friends.

Throughout the entire project, a team was documenting all the events and highlights that the live theater audience couldn’t see on stage. The footage and testimonies have been produced by MARCH into a documentary that will hopefully allow everyone to delve behind the scenes into the nitty-gritty details that made an experiment in conflict resolution work, under the most dire of circumstances in a city that most people had lost faith and hope in.

Find out why they were fighting, where they came from, where to they hope to go and how they were able to reconcile after years of unrests and dozens of rounds of deadly clashes. Explore how deep loss of a loved one and hopelessness in any future in their own homes was and still is being overcome.

MARCH acknowledges that the art created during LWR in itself is extremely valuable, and its effects on the participants and their immediate surroundings is priceless.

However, MARCH believes in sustainable change, and with the success and momentum and the help of local and international partner, MARCH is proud to reveal that donations from LWR will help finalize a more sustainable, job-creating and tension-diffusing cultural space that will help secure this reconciliation, and allow it to have ripple effects in Beb El Tebbeneh and Jabal Mohsen.

MARCH hopes “LWR – The Documentary” will help illustrate the work that has been done, and the similar projects still in progress. MARCH also hopes it can be a blueprint for peaceful conflict resolution in Lebanon and the region’s most at-risk regions in a world where violent extremism has become a primary threat that military force alone can never resolve.

Public screenings of  “LWR – the Documentary” are scheduled for November 10, 11 and 12 at Metropolis Cinema in Centre Sofil, Ashrafieh.

#Cinema, #Dramatherapy, #Theater, #Tripoli
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