Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  50 minutes
Date:  1994
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Not available
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Suspended Dreams

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The lasting effects of the civil war in Lebanon.

Suspended Dreams

A courageous documentary from Lebanon about the effects of 16 years of civil war on what was once the intellectual, cultural and commercial center of the Arab world. The film tells the story of four Beirut citizens from very different backgrounds as they struggle to reconstruct their homes and lives amid the chaos, the broken buildings, and the unexploded mines of their once beautiful city. The film assesses the appalling impact of modern warfare on the environment, and looks ahead to a new conflict in the making over the Middle East's most precious commodity -- water.

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Lucia - The cost of an oil spill to a fishing village.
And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon - Television in the Caribbean dominated by US programs.
Seeds of Plenty, Seeds of Sorrow - The darker side of the Green Revolution.
Rabi - Modern day fable on family values from Africa.
Life and Debt - The murder of street children in Rio de Janeiro.

'Suspended Dreams discloses the environmental and cultural problems faced by a post-war Lebanon, yet also captures the legendary artistic gift of the Lebanese to express their pain, and their disarming ability to laugh at themselves... emphasize[s] the generational legacy of war, and moreover the pragmatic and emotional difficulties of civilian life left after the politicians ostensibly sign a piece of paper... [Suspended Dreams] attest[s] to the timely necessity of justly resolving the Palestinian-Israeli problem.' Al Jadid, A Review of Arab Culture and Arts


Grand Prix, Best Documentary, Festival du Monde Arabe, Paris
First Prize, Damascus Film Festival
Joint First Prize, WWF-UK Award for Best National Documentary and Current Affairs Programming, British Environment and Media Awards


Main credits

Chamoun, Jean Khalil (film director)
Chamoun, Jean Khalil (film producer)
Masri, Mai (film director)
Masri, Mai (film producer)

Other credits

Editor, Hussein Yunis; photographer, Hassan Neemani; music, Ali Jihad Racy [and 4 others].

Distributor credits

MTC for BBC/TVE/One World Group of Broadcasters

Mai Masri and Jean Camoun

MTC for BBC/TVE/One World Group of Broadcasters
Mai Masri and Jean Camoun

Docuseek2 subjects

Middle Eastern History
Conflict Resolution
War and Peace
Social Psychology
Anthropology and Archaeology
International Relations and Geopolitics
Israel / Palestine

Distributor subjects

Conflict Resolution
Developing World
Middle Eastern Studies
Social Psychology
War and Peace


Lebanon, civil war, Arab world, cultural, Beirut; "Suspended Dreams"; Bullfrog Films

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