Monday, 22 January 2007

Skiing With Hezbollah

On Febraury 5th, I head off to shoot another documentary in Lebanon. This one is from Italian director and festival coordinator Federico Ambiel. It's quite a strange idea, but really appeals to me (and the Tourist style), because it tries to discuss contemporary politics but from a completely non-political angle. Specifically, from the angle of a naive tourist.

It's based on two things: the first is the Lebanese government's invitation to revive the country's tourist industry by offering incentives for foreign visitors. The second is the holiday that Federico was planning before the summer war, and his desire to take the holiday regardless of what's now going on in the country. Add those together, and you get: Skiing With Hezbollah

If all of this sounds a little crazy, that's because it is. There aren't many ways to get through the propaganda, politics and media agendas surrounding news of Lebanon these days, but I think Federico may have found one...

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