The Bachar Tapes (English Version)



Walid Ra'ad & Souheil Bachar

This video is one of the documents created by The Atlas Group, an "imaginary non-profit cultural research foundation," to research and document the contemporary history of Lebanon. Hostage examines "The Western Hostage Crisis," during which several Westerners were abducted and detained by "Islamic militants" in Lebanon in the 80s and early 90s. In Hostage, this "crisis" is examined through the fictional testimony of Souheil Bachar, the only Arab man to have been detained with the Western hostages kidnapped in Beirut in the 1980s. Bachar addresses the cultural, textual and sexual aspects of his detention with the Americans.

Year: 2001
Production Length: 2 minutes

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