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Civilized People

A Feature film by Randa Chahal Sabbag

Produced by Euripide Productions

Release in France : 25/04/2000

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During the civil war in Lebanon, many Lebanese people fled to Europe abandoning their large apartments, their sumptuous villas and…the servents they had " imported " by the thousand from Sri-Lanka, from the Philippines and from Egypt. In our story, all these people – and many others beside- remain to suffer the mood-swings of a sniper who controls their buildng, dominating its inhabitants and the neighbourhood as a whole, as well as several of the city’s perilous checkpoints. Their stories weave in and out of the tale of the young Muslim militaman and A Christian maid, as well as the traumatic adventures of a rich lady who flies in for tryst with her locever – not to mention, the trials and tibulations of Beirut cats.


What would I have done if I hadn’t lived through a war? I sometimes fantasize that I’d been born in Sweden and lived ordinary, everyday life. I’m sorry that we always speak of ourselves – of what has happened to us, of our psychology – in terms of “the cause.” You begin to envy filmmakers who take the time to explore their world, who aren’t like me, shattered by a fragmentation bomb. Oh, to be introspective and inward-looking, to be an individual rather than a group! But I don’t think “Civilisées” has resolved all my problems concerning this war – I think I’m still up to my neck in it!

Randa Chahal Sabbag, director (excerpt from press kit)

Full credits (11)

Executive Producers :

Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Frédéric Sichler

Screenwriter :

Randa Chahal Sabbag

Directors of Photography :

Ricardo Jacques, Gale Breidi, Roby Breidi

Press Attachés (film) :

Denise Breton, Isabelle Duvoisin

Production Designer :

Sylvian Chauvelot

Costume designer :

Souraya Bagdadi

Line Producer :

Jean-Pierre Saire

Co-producer :

Anne Fleischl

Sound recordists :

Nicolas Cantin, Dominique Gaborieau

Editor :

Juliette Weifling

Music Composer :

Ziad Rahbani

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Feature film

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Arabic, French, English

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Majority French

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1 h 37 min

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