(Documentary. Country: France, Lebanon, Switzerland. Year: 2017. Duration: 103min. Language: Arabic/English. Subtitle: English)
Director: Monika Borgmann, Lokman Slim
Amidst the popular uprising against the Syrian regime that began in 2011, a group of former Lebanese detainees decides to break their long-held silence about the horrific years they spent imprisoned in Tadmor (Palmyra), one of the Assad regime’s most dreadful prisons. They decide to testify publicly about the systematic torture and humiliation they experienced. To reclaim and overcome this dark chapter in their lives, they rebuild Tadmor in an abandoned school near Beirut. By playing the role of both “victim” and “victimizer,” they will relive their survival.
About the Director:
DIRECTORS: Monika BORGMANN and Lokman SLIM began collaborating in 2001 when they co-directed the feature documentary ‘Massaker’ (2004, 99 min.). The film was screened at more than sixty international film festivals and was released to the cinema in France and Greece in 2006. ‘Massaker’ received seven awards, including the Fipresci Prize at the 2005 Berlinale and awards at FID Marseille, Visions du Réel and DocLisboa.
They also co-founded UMAM Productions in 2001, an organization that has since co-produced a series of Lebanese documentaries.
“Tadmor” won three awards at the festivals: Visions Du Real-Switzerland, FilmFest Hamburg- Germany, and International History Film Festival PESSAC-France.