In the Battlefields

TitleIn the Battlefields
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsArbid, Danielle
Running Time88 min
Date Released12/2004
Publication Languageeng

Set in Beirut in 1983, torn by the prolonged civil war. Twelve-year-old Lina is the sad and only child of an embattled couple, Fouad and his pregnant wife, Thérèse. Lina hovers on the outskirts of domestic strife as the family tries to cope with the financial disaster brought on by Fouad's gambling. Living upstairs is Lina's tyrannical aunt Yvonne and her maid, Siham, who is a few years older than Lina. Siham's friendship is the one bright light in Lina's anxious life and Siham takes her along on dates with her boyfriend, Marwan. As an accomplice to Siham's secret love affair, Lina witnesses the physical, moral and psychological decline of the world around her.


Marianne Feghali, Rawia El Chab, Laudi Arbid, Aouni Kawass, Carmen Leboss.


Produced by Christian Baute, Jaques-Henri Bronckart, Elie Khalifé, Sabine Sidawi-Hamdan, and Jérôme Vidal; Written by Danielle Arbid; Music by Boney M, Blondie, Azar Habib, and The Buzzcocks; Cinematography by Hélène Louvard.


Family drama, War, Coming of Age

Alternate TitleSur les champs de bataille
Original PublicationMa‘arik hubb
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