The Women of Hezbollah

June 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

Via Young Professionals in Foreign Policy: A review of the film The Women of Hezbollah

“To film “The Women of Hezbollah,” director Maher Abi-Samra returned to the neighborhood of his youth, Ramel al Ali, a southern suburb of Beirut. Settled in the 1950s mostly by Shiites from the villages of southern Lebanon, it had become one of the strongholds of Hezbollah by the early 1980s. In this film, Abi-Samra intertwines the stories of two Shiite women, Zainab and Khadjie, with the economic and political events that brought Hezbollah to power. Historical perspective develops through his portrait of these activists, giving context to the personal, social and political factors that contribute to their commitment to Hezbollah and embody the multiethnic identity of Lebanon.”

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