I want to see / Je veux voir

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I want to see / Je veux voir

directed by Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige

France-Lebanon, 2008

The destruction wrought in Lebanon during the war of 2006 is seen through unexpected eyes in this fusion of drama and documentary from filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. The internationally famous French actress Catherine Deneuve (playing herself) is visiting Beirut and wants to see the aftermath of the 2006 conflict first hand. Deneuve’s driver, a loyal fan and fellow actor named Rabih Mroue, is more than willing to help, and together they spend the day exploring the city, from the city centre through the village of Bint El Jbeil (which Mroue calls home) to the Israeli border. While Deneuve is protected by a bodyguard, the guided tour presents more danger than she expects, with fighter jets buzzing overhead and land band dotting a few side streets, as Mroue makes sure she witnesses both the beauty of Lebanon and the wreckage battles with Israel have left behind. Part tour, part homage to the magnificent Deneuve, Je Veux Voir is the latest film to be directed by Lebanese artists Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige addressing the harsh realities of conflict in the Middle East with a cinematic sensibility.