The Insult

The Insult 15 S

Bristol Palestine Film Festival 2018

Film

Please note: This was screened in Dec 2018

Director:
Ziad Doueiri
Cast:
Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh
Duration:
112 mins, Subtitled, 2018, Lebanon, France
Primary language:
Arabic

In today’s Beirut, an insult blown out of all proportion finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their own lives and prejudices.

Director Ziad Doueiri masterfully harnesses this private clash of wills as a starting point to explore historic rifts between Lebanese communities, and the aftermath of the civil war. Using both humour and pathos The Insult is ultimately a plea for empathy, forgiveness and peace – showing us that even in the most hostile of situations, with all of our prejudices, we're still in this together. A thrilling, thoughtful and complex story.