I was not in Beirut the day of the explosion, but I think the shock wave reached me. For days and days, I was sick to my stomach. It was not only because this explosion affected my city and my country. It is also because the neighborhoods that were hit are the neighborhoods of my childhood and adolescence, the neighborhoods where my closest Lebanese friends live and whose every corner I know. I decided to visit them, to check on them, to walk the streets, and measure the geographical and human changes that this explosion has brought about.
Michel Tabet is a Lebanese-French film director and visual anthropologist. His work lies at the junction between documentary and social sciences. He regularly works with research centers, NGOs and artists to develop investigative filmmaking capacities. His works include Méditerranée (France, 2020), Voices from Kasserine (Tunisia, 2017), Zana-bahoaka – le néo rebelle malagasy (Madagascar, 2016) and Les larmes de l’Imam Hussein (Lebanon, 2006).