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Lebanon's Civil War ended a quarter of a century ago but the country's filmmakers remain fixated on this dark period, seeing their movies as a kind of catharsis to help heal collective trauma.Lebanon's so-called golden age, the 1960s, was marked by the ironic, yet deeply romantic films of the Rahbani brothers.Two filmmakers stood out during the Civil War years – Burhan Alawiyeh (born 1941) and Maroun Baghdadi (1950-1993), who died soon after the conflict ended. Major productions by Baghdadi – notably "Little Wars" (1982) and "Out of Life" (1991), about Western journalists being taken hostage – ushered in a string of films about the "events," a euphemism the Lebanese still use to refer to the war, and civil unrest generally. According to documentary filmmaker and film historian Hadi Zakak, the renewed interest in the Civil War genre dates from 2005 – the year perennial prime minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated and Syria ended its nearly 30-year-long military presence in the country.
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