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Beyond Conflict
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20180901_250 Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri's newest film, "The Insult," opening in Japanese theaters on Aug. 31, shines a spotlight on and expands on various issues dividing society.

The movie, which was nominated at this year's Academy Awards for best foreign language film, is set in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. It follows the development of light bickering between a Christian auto mechanic and a Palestinian refugee construction worker into a lawsuit interwoven with ethnic and religious friction.

"This film is kind of looking at very divided people. It's not good versus bad. It's good guy versus good guy," the 54-year-old director told the Mainichi Weekly in an interview in Tokyo.

In Lebanon, there have been many fierce ethnic and religious conflicts, including the Civil War between 1975 and 1990. When the war ended, the Lebanese valued stability over all else, and actions such as reflecting on the war or assigning responsibility for the cruelty that occurred during its course were swept under the rug. People pretended as if nothing had happened. Doueiri revealed that even in Lebanese history textbooks, there is no mention of anything after 1975.

"Nobody said 'I'm sorry.' We have not learned from the lesson (of the Civil War) yet," says Doueiri.

In the film, during their debates in court, the two main characters learn that they share similar painful memories. That brings some changes in their minds as the day of the ruling approaches.

This movie is based on a quarrel that happened between the director and a plumber in his daily life. He points out that the story is relevant to American audiences because "people are very divided." In fact, says Doueiri, "This story applies to any place in the world." (Story by Yoshinaga Yasuo)

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【KEYWORDS】

conflict 紛争

"The Insult" 「判決、ふたつの希望」( insult は侮辱)

(be) set in ~ ~を舞台にしている

bickering 口論(後出 quarrel も同意)

refugee 難民

lawsuit 訴訟

(be) interwoven with ~ ~が絡み合う

ethnic 民族の

religious 宗教の

friction あつれき

fierce 激しい

civil war 内戦

value ... else 何にもまして安定を大切にする

reflect on ~ ~を顧みる

cruelty 残虐な行為

sweep under the rug (都合の悪い物を)忘れるように隠す

court 裁判所

ruling 判決

plumber 配管工

(be) relevant to ~ ~に関連性がある

apply to ~ ~に当てはまる

映画「判決、ふたつの希望」は8月31日(金)からTOHOシネマズ シャンテ他、全国順次公開(ロングライド配給)

週刊英語学習紙 毎日ウィークリーのサイト 「Mainichi Weekly」

Aug 31, 2018 1面 |