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As we troop awkwardly through the narrow streets of Khandaq al-Ghamiq, our guide gestures to the decaying facade of a once-stunning building.The balconies are crumbling, their wrought-iron rails rusted. As if unaware of the devastation that has been wrought on the building, the guide orders us to take note of the beautiful architecture. Six tours took place over the weekend, led by actors Raffi Feghali and Sany Baki. Numerous interventions and interruptions along the way are devised by students from Assaf's "Workshop in Theater Production" and enacted by theater students from five Beirut universities. An ancient suite of furniture, coated with decades of dust, attests to a want of inhabitants.The guide slams the door as though protecting himself from an attacking dog and impatiently herds us outside.Assaf came up with the idea of contrasting a manifestation of the post-war amnesia – the tour guide's shallow, fabricated rhetoric – with dramatic moments based on stories residents shared with her or gleaned from research conducted by the International Center for Transitional Justice.Allowing audiences a rare opportunity to explore the interiors of some war-ravaged Beirut buildings, it simultaneously provides an insight into the human cost of the conflict and the passive mentality that allows atrocities to happen.
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