Daughter of self-destructive parents, Lina, 12, doesn’t show much interest in the war taking place around her in 1980’s Beirut. Instead, Siham, her aunt’s beautiful adolescent maid, is the focal point of her rebellious and neglected childhood. As the basis for the girls’ relationship shifts, issues of loyalty and power set off a series of events, which isolate Lina even more. Unlike films in which the violence of an urban war zone motivate a family to strengthen their ties, in this film, director Danielle Arbid depicts, instead, relationships that are shattered by passion, reprisal and guilt.
“Writer and director Danielle Arbid has done a masterful job conveying the little ties that are at the heart of female friendship….this Lebanese film reveals how the wars within our homes are some of the deadliest and most destructive we can experience.” –Spirituality&Practice
“[Director Danielle Arbid] summons a stirring social and sexual awakening in the patient expression of 12-year-old Lina.” –Slant Magazine
‘In the Battlefields’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Arabic and French with English subtitles.