Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2010 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
|Project||The Confession (Al iitiraf)|
In 1973, Assaad Shaftari felt that his inferior brothers (the Muslims) were gaining power and joined the Phalanges party to defend ‘the Christian cause’. There, he became one of the main ’intelligence’ leaders of a major Christian militia, until the Lebanese Civil War ended in 1990. After the war, Assaad felt a terrible guilt for his actions and publicly admitted being responsible for harming more than 500 people during the conflict. Revolving around the narrative of Assaad Shaftari, The Confession seeks to understand how dramatic circumstances can induce someone to commit crimes, and how this changes forever not only the victims, but the perpetrator as well. In one hand, we try to analyze the reasons behind fanatic and tribal attitudes that create potential war criminals. On the other hand, we will provoke Assaad, not only into analysis and self-confrontation, but into taking real responsibility by facing his own victims. Whatever scene will end the film, we would be left with the complexity of such a situation, with the loneliness of two people dealing each other in their own ways with the war, and its memories, its violence, and its painful consequences on the human beings and the price to pay.
The Confession will allow Shaftari to confess his actions during the war, and create the structure where he can confront himself and his victims. Learning about his motives behind committing those acts, maybe one could understand human nature a bit better and help the Lebanese people deal with the war and the price we all paid. We hope this film will provoke audiences to think about the nature of humanity and violence, and about the war crimes not only in Lebanon but also throughout the world, perpetrated massively in the 20th century, in Europe, Rwanda, Bosnia, South Africa… It is very important to raise the question of real responsibility; the responsibility of war criminals for their own actions and motives, that of society towards its own citizens, and finally the responsibility of the viewer, who will be invited, through this film, to be the sole judge of this situation.