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Biographers of Shakespeare seek shadows of the bard in his stage plays, stitched together with the traces he left in administrative records like his last will and testament.Based on her 2015 short "Memories for a Private Eye," filmmaker Rania Stephan would like to have made a film that included moving images of her mother. Stephan grew up during Lebanon's 1975-1990 Civil War – surely one of the most televised and filmed conflicts of the 20th century – and was steeped in the cooking pot of cinema and television. So there is something ironic in her mother's absence from the film record. It was among the 31 films projected in the Berlinale's Forum Expanded section.Conflict is a major theme in these film and video works."La Dolce Siria," the 2014 work by expat Syrian filmmaker Ammar Al Beik, for instance, juxtaposes scenes from Fellini's 1970 film "The Clowns" with footage of a pair of little boys toying with super 16mm camera, while a regime warplane seems to be audible overhead.
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