Aug. 5th, 2006

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This video letter was made on July 21, 2006 at the studios of Beirut DC, a film and cinema collective which runs the yearly Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya Film Festival. This video letter was produced in collaboration with Samidoun, a grassroots gathering of various organizations and individuals who were involved in relief and media efforts from the first day of the Israeli attack on Lebanon.

Click the image above to watch the movie or go to to download it. The film is available under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works License, which means you are free to share or screen the movie as long as you credit the makers and do not re-edit it.

(via the @rchive and voyantes)

We are listening. I am listening. I hear your song, and the sound of the bombs that interrupts it. I hear your words. I, like you, am frightened. Everyone I know is frightened, here in Australia, despite how the bodycount of Lebanon and Israel merely adds to the bodycounts of Iraq and Afghanistan, the bodycounts of those people who die not so far from Lebanon trying to bridge this stupid gap between "Middle Eastern" or "African" and "European" in this stupid war which is everywhere.

But I am not afraid to meet your eyes. Some of us are not afraid. We meet your eyes through our tears and yours, through the screens that divide us, across the distance, and despite the violences of the nightly news that make us voyeurs of the cross-hatch target on black-and-white footage of explosions, three per night.

If we were only there to help we would. But we can help in other ways.

If you're reading this, please post the movie on your blog. You could email the makers, or you could just write something in response.


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