Lebanon: Destruction and Reconstruction

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Date/Time: 27/09/2006 12:00 am

Lebanon: Destruction and Reconstruction
Join Independent filmmaker and journalist W. Brandon Jourdan and
documentary photographer Andrew Stern for a public screening and
discussion of footage taken during and after the 34-day war in Lebanon.
When: Wednesday, September 27th 7:30 PM
Where: The Change You Want to See Gallery and Convergence Stage
84 Havemeyer St, Store Front, Brooklyn NY 11211
(corner of Havemeyer and Metropolitan in Williamsburg)
L train to Lorimer or G train to Metropolitan, walk west toward the water
on Metropolitan Avenue, Havemeyer is a few blocks down on the left.
J/M/Z to Marcy, walk west on Broadway, right on Havemeyer, we’re 5 blocks
down at the end of the street.
*Lebanon: Resistance, Destruction, and Reconstruction*
*In the aftermath of the 34-day Israeli war in Lebanon, people emerged to
find their homes and lives destroyed. After years of attempting to
rebuild, Lebanon is once again in rubble. Much of the suburbs south of
Beirut, the Bekaa area, the northern coastline, and many of the villages
in South Lebanon were leveled by Israeli bombardment. The damage caused by
the destruction of factories, energy plants, bridges, and roads affects
all of Lebanon. The cost of repair is in the billions. Although Israel
claimed to be fighting a war against Hezbollah, most of the victims are
civilians, many of them children. *
Independent journalist and award-winning independent filmmaker, W. Brandon
Jourdan, went to Lebanon to document the destruction left by the
offensive, cover the resilience of the Lebanese people, and to find the
root causes of the conflict. His collected video provides in-depth
analysis from experienced international journalists, activists, and
academics, mixed with testimony from ordinary people who lived through the
experience of this brutal war.
The video travels to areas hit hard by bombing; from Beirut’s suburbs to
South Lebanon. It has rare interviews with survivors of the Qana massacre
to leading Lebanese political analysts Sameh Idriss to Rima Fahkry of
Hezbollah’s Political Council. It follows families from throughout
Lebanon and shows their untold story. In a multimedia-presentation using
testimony and video, Jourdan shows the effects of war and the triumph of
human will. The video is will be used as part of an upcoming Deep Dish TV
series produced by Jourdan and several other documentary makers who worked
in Lebanon.
In Samidoun, Andrew Stern, an award-winning documentary photographer,
interweaves still photography and audio to take us on a heart-wrenching
journey through the devastating thirty-four day war in Lebanon and its
aftermath post cease-fire. It is a uniquely intimate look at the human
cost of this bloody conflict that took the lives of at least 1600 people,
wounded thousands, and displaced over one million. Stern’s work takes us
to the scene of massive bombings, travels through the desolation of
Lebanon’s destroyed landscape, bears witness as people emerge from the
rubble to bury their dead, and ultimately reveals the steadfast
determination of the Lebanese people to survive and rebuild their country
in the face of unimaginable violence and national anguish. Stern’s work
is a reminder of the importance and power of independent journalism, in
the face of a mainstream media that increasingly presents a one sided and
superficial perspective.
“Samidoun” translates from Arabic to “steadfastness, or those who stay”.
This presentation will also provide information on the Lebanese grassroots
relief group, Samidoun, who provided desperately needed services to
thousands of internally displaced peoples during the war and is now
working to help people return and rebuild. For more information or to get
involved or contribute, visit
About the Presenters:
William Brandon Jourdan:
Brandon is an independent filmmaker, journalist, and writer. He spent
time in Lebanon working with local NGOs and doing independent journalism
following the 34-day Israeli offensive against Hezbollah. He was a
coordinating producer, director, and editor for Deep Dish’s award-winning
series “Shocking and Awful: A Grassroots Response to War and Occupation”
and “Fallujah”, both of which played in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. He is
co-founder of the North Carolina Independent Media Center and worked with
the NYC Indymedia Video Team on over 80 episodes of the a nationally
broadcasted half-hour weekly television show entitled Blacked-Out Media.
He has contributed to Democracy Now!, Now with Bill Moyers, PBS’s Foreign
Exchange, Free Speech Television, the INN World Report, and to Amnesty
International video projects. He worked with Academy-Award winning
director Barbara Trent on two Empowerment Project documentaries.
Brandon Jourdan has spoken at various universities about the role of
independent media and has been a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Air
America’s Laura Flanders Show, and WBAI’s Wake Up Call.
He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and works with the Not An Alternative
arts collective
For more information, visit http://www.wbjourdan.com or
Andrew Stern:
Andrew Stern is a photographer whose work focuses on social and
political issues around the world. His work documenting the 34-day war in
Lebanon and it’s aftermath, the economic collapse and popular uprising in
Argentina, the war in Iraq, native land struggles in Greenland, the
westernization of tribal East Africans, street kids in Calcutta, the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, coca farmers in Bolivia, and the global
protest movements has appeared in The Guardian, Harper’s, La Jornada,
Aftonbladet, Internazionale, Clamor, Yes!, Adbusters, Z, Dazed and
Confused, Die Welt, and The New Internationalist as well as in galleries
throughout the United States and Europe.
He is also co-author of We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global
Anticapitalism (Verso, 2003).
For more information, visit http://www.andrewstern.net or