Yamo: a cinematic reflection on the Lebanese Civil War, directed by Rami Nihawi.
Farid Kamar for Al Akhbar:
Perhaps the best way to document the Lebanese Civil War and its psychological effect on ordinary people is to delve into the the experiences of those who lived through it and suffered its horrors without taking part in it.
Their experiences are not part of the lying game practiced by the actual participants to justify a war they claim was imposed on them.
Merely by recalling events, the victims are participating in the construction of a collective memory that does not seek to serve a political or sectarian point of view.
Yamo (Mother), directed by Rami Nihawi, is a practical project to document memories of the war and its repercussions.
The director had no need to recount the battles and sagas. He had no need to interview repentant fighters or militia leaders to construct the memory of the war. His goal was to move on from projection to investigation, and for this, the only source he needed was his mother, Nawal.