Affective Alternatives to Sectarianism in Maroun Baghdadi’s Documentaries

  • Jeremy RandallEmail author
Part of the Global Cinema book series (GLOBALCINE)


Cinema during the Lebanese Civil War (1975–1990) was a medium that depicted and engaged with the myriad of issues surrounding the violence. In particular, the war was a fecund moment for the Lebanese left in presenting their understandings, critiques, and aspirations for society and the nation. Maroun Baghdadi (1950–1993) was one of the leading Lebanese cineastes, who produced a raft of documentaries at the outset of the war. These documentaries agitated for revolution against the sectarian order understood as part of the wider capitalist infrastructure. Baghdadi disseminated these ideas on discursive, emotional, and affective registers. After the heady initial years of the war, the left splintered and the war became an increasingly internecine conflict bereft of its earlier revolutionary aspirations. Baghdadi’s later documentaries agitated not for revolution but rather a peaceful coexistence that would precede reforms by agreement rather than arms.


Affect Lebanese Civil War Maroun Baghdadi Palestine solidarity Revolutionary cinema 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Graduate Center, City University of New YorkNew York CityUSA

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