We’ve all heard stories about the Lebanese Civil War from our parents and grandparents. It is hard to listen how people were living back then: some people were lucky to escape to safer areas in Lebanon. However, some of them got stuck in dangerous places. The directors Jean Chamoun and May Masri created a 50-minute award-winning documentary titled “Beirut – War Generation.” The movie follows the daily lives of three war generations in war-torn Beirut. In this clip, you can see the people showing their identification papers before crossing the checkpoint. The buildings are covered with bullet holes, and the young boys are imitating the adults by holding guns made of wood planks and shouting at the drivers. It’s sad to how the war impacted the Lebanese childhood. The short video follows a 13-year-old boy named Nidal. He lived with his parents and five brothers and sisters. Although he should be going to school, his education was interrupted because of the war. He dropped out and started working as an apprentice mechanic to help his family. Nidal said that school was fun, and he misses it a lot. Even though he didn’t like the lessons, the young boy said that he wanted to go back if he had the opportunity. Nidal also helped his father selling nuts in front of a movie theater on Sundays. He didn’t have a lot of time to play. The video ends with boys, including Nidal, playing war in a construction site. Nidal ended the video by saying that children play war for fun, unlike the adults who have other intentions. To watch the full movie, click
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