Arthur Sarradin, director of the documentary “Lebanon, the revolution is born from the bowels of sorrow”, is the guest of 23h of franceinfo on Tuesday 12 October.
“The situation in Lebanon has worsened for two years. Now Beirut has only two hours of electricity a day. The generators are overpriced. The vast majority of Lebanese live on their old salary: 700,000 pounds. Lebanese women approximately. A 100,000 Lebanese pound note was worth 60 euros before the crisis, today it is barely 4 euros. So it’s difficult to pay for food, water, school … Life in Lebanon is about survival “, explains Arthur Sarradin.
His documentary, Lebanon, the revolution is born from the bowels of sorrow, follows three Lebanese demonstrators for a year: a professor, a student and a young man released from prison. One of them says: “In Lebanon, we don’t have a single dictator, we have 18 denominations, 18 communities in power.”
“The demonstration that took place after the port explosion proved that the revolution in the streets could not bring down political power, but the message of the documentary is to say that the Cultural Revolution managed to survive. The idea anti-confessionalism, regime change, democratic aspirations carried by the people on October 17, 2019 survived after the explosion“, assures Arthur Sarradin.
“One of the ways of reclaiming the state is first of all to define oneself as Lebanese “, says the director. This is what the protagonists of the documentary do, who “are still resistant. As long as there are tyrants at the head of the state, there will be people to resist “, he concludes.