Beirut to Bosnia: Muslims and the West, The Martyr's Smile [1/3]

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HU OSA 350-4-7 Records of the International Monitor Institute: Middle East: Other
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BetaSP NTSC #4 / No. 1
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Moving image
English, English, Arabic
54 min.
Warning: graphic images.


Documentary film
Contents Summary
“From Beirut to Bosnia” is a three episode documentary by correspondent Robert Fisk, in which he attempts to find out why an increasing number of Muslims have come to hate the West. Focusing on Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, and Bosnia, the film reports on Muslim unrest as ideology, religion, history, and geography come into conflict. “The Martyr's Smile” looks at Lebanon's guerilla war that aimed to liberate Southern Lebanon from Israeli control. The scope of this conflict is brought into sharp focus in this documentary through the use of extensive interviews with participants from the Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad movements, views of civilian casualties caused by Israeli air attacks, and photographic evidence of the ongoing destruction of life and property in the region. This episode contains coverage of the influence of the Iranian revolution and Ayatollah Khomeini on the Hezbollah party in Lebanon, documents a Hezbollah rally, and includes evidence of the changes that the Israeli invasion had on the violence in the region. It also details the occupation of Southern Lebanon as it includes reports on the massacres at Sabra and Shatila, footage with a UN field peacekeeper who details the killing of civilians by Israeli forces in retaliation for attacks on their military occupation forces, and footage of Hezbollah fighters attacking an Israeli post.


Associated Names
Dutfield, Michael (Director)
Fisk, Robert (Creator/Author, Presenter)
Channel 4 (Copyright holder)