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Bahrain, the Forbidden Country

France 2012 dir. Stéphanie Lamorré 52 min

  • Director: Stéphanie Lamorré
  • D.O.P.: Stéphanie Lamorré
  • Editing: Stéphanie Lamorré, Mathieu Goasguen
  • Producer: Luc Hermann for Prémieres Lignes Télévision

3 destinies, 3 perspectives, from the forbidden country of the Arab Revolution. A country that has been forgotten by the West. These images are extremely rare. Outstanding, clandestinely filmed footage. In the last year, the repression has caused 60 deaths. That is a lot for this small country with a population of 600,000, run by the Al Khalifa royal family. The people of Bahrain are demanding the same thing as the Syrians, Egyptians and Tunisians – democracy and freedom. But the rest of the world seems convinced that nothing is happening in Bahrain. Yet every day for the last year, men and women have been taking to the streets and risking their lives demanding freedom and democracy. For 1 month, Stephanie Lamorré secretly filmed the violently suppressed demonstrations in the heart of the besieged districts. She brought back the story of her immersion, through the perspective of three women. These women are courageous activists, who explain how invisible their revolution is. They explain how to make the insurrection against the authorities happen, and how to recognise it.


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