Caught In Between | Chicago Reader

Caught In Between

Katia Jarjoura's video documentary (2002, 52 min.) about southern Lebanon after Israel withdrew in 2000 focuses on Lebanese who'd either resisted or collaborated with the Israelis: a self-described freedom fighter imprisoned and tortured for over a decade, a farmer who did menial labor in Israel to feed her family, a former Lebanese soldier who lived in Israel and has recently returned home. Jarjoura has sympathy for all her subjects—and for Hezbollah, praising its lenient treatment of the collaborators. Her presentation of the subjects' reminiscences is almost chatty, but a sobering sequence in which a Hezbollah member teaches his kid to hate Israel supports the observation that everyone in southern Lebanon is a prisoner of the conflict. In Arabic with subtitles.

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