(silent video) The Last of Beirut weaves together text and image to construct a contemplative vision of displacement and loss on the eve of civil war in Lebanon in 1975. A confabulation of voices, alternating between that of children and parents, contrasts the naïve, often reckless response of youth to its surroundings with the anxiety of parenting in a country moving rapidly towards self-destruction. The images, which depict the days leading up to evacuation, are presented both in whole and in detail. The use of detail and close-cropped framing creates an impressionistic, barely-recollected account of the events, emphasizing the fragmentary, subjective nature of recollection and memory.

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