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Under the Bombs

Sous les bombes

Directed by Philippe Aractingi
Lebanon, 2007
  • Arabic
  • English


In the wake of Israel’s 2006 bombardment of Lebanon, a determined woman finds her way into the country by convincing a taxi cab driver to take a risky journey around the scarred region in search of her sister and her son.

Our take

Under the Bombs ambitiously weaves documentary with staged drama in an expressive low-budget canvas. An act of cinematic reportage amidst the chaos and tragedy of the 2007 attacks on Lebanon, Philippe Aractingi’s film is also a brave act of defiance against the tragedy of war.

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Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2007 | 2 wins including: EIUC Award

Sundance Film Festival


Dubai International Film Festival

2007 | 2 wins including: Best Feature - Gold

Bratislava International Film Festival

2008 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

2008 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

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