Miguel’s War portrays a sensitive but self-destructive Lebanese man, strongly oppressed by society all through his youth. In 1982 he decides to participate in Lebanon’s civil war to find a place within society and to prove his family that he can fight like a «real man». He fails. Traumatised by his experiences and haunted by an eternal feeling of guilt and shame, Miguel leaves to Spain. It’s only now – more than 30 years after leaving Lebanon – that Miguel is willing to confront himself and the ghosts from his past to finally find emotional balance.

Jury statement

For telling a fascinating, unique and courageous story of reconstructing one’s identity facing humiliation, oppression and violence, and for its original artistic approach without compromises, the jury awarded this project.

World Premiere

2021 Berlin International Film Festival – Panorama Dokumente