When the shells rain in it's easy to pick out the victims from the bad guys. But in the porous borderlands of Lebanon and Syria it's not as black and white as we are led to believe. Allegiances are formed - keenly and reluctantly - that straddle both ancient sectarian loyalties and the ruthless pragmatic need of the moment.
Meet Nabhan, shot through the penis but ready to finish the Jihad against the tyrant Assad and four year old Omran, 'The Littlest Spy', shot in the leg escaping Homs. In the north young Sunni men shoulder anti-tank mines and hop three-up onto rickety Chinese motorcyles and head into the Syrian hills. In the south of Lebanon Shia civil war veterans tell us they are training their children to fight for Bashar in the wider battle to come.
Borderland is one man's journey into the often contradictory and confusing Levantine world where one man's liberator is another man's despot and no battle can be viewed separate from history or the agendas of all the world's players. Shot in December 2011-January 2012 in the Lebanese Syrian borders, the hills outside of Homs and the streets of Beirut. The film was screened at London's Frontline Club on 01/02/13.
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