The insult

The insult

DVD - 2018 | Arabic
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After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA:, Entertainment One Film USA,, [2018]
ISBN: 9781417249619
Branch Call Number: DVD FOREIGN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, rda


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Nov 11, 2018

Clever, great movie about tolerance, or intolerance, made up hurts, pride; with great acting.

Sep 29, 2018


Sep 01, 2018

Directed by Ziad Doueiri in 2017, this Lebanese drama depicts the complicated political and court struggle between Tony, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refuge.
The media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing both men to reconsider their lives and prejudices.
Profoundly thought-provoking and electrifyingly engaging!

lotuslori_8 Aug 27, 2018

An excellent film about how something said in the heat of the moment can have far-reaching consequences.

Aug 07, 2018

Enjoyed this excellent court drama, a well written script with thoughtful dialogues. It provides a glimpse of political conflicts inside Lebanon between the Lebaneses and Palestinians.

Jun 19, 2018

A great film about ethnic hatred in Lebanon. I didn't follow which side may have been good and which side may have been bad, but I still thought the film was great.

Jun 13, 2018

A movie well worth watching, it shows how a simple argument can blow up into something big. 2 thumbs up

Jun 11, 2018

The political and social nuance between the protagonists can readily be translated to other regions of the world, particularly civil war torn countries (secular, racial or ideological movements) with age old conflicts between victors and losers, masters and slaves etc. Point is "No one has a monopoly on suffering ... No one." Above all, there is an opportunity for peace, two people at a time.

May 29, 2018

It's an interesting experience to watch "Darkest Hour" and this film at the same time.

May 19, 2018

Using a tense courtroom as a microcosm of Lebanon’s bloody past, Doueiri’s trial escalates beyond a civil lawsuit to point an accusatory finger at forty years of war atrocities and subsequent cover-ups. Now with all of Beirut appearing to side with either the plaintiff or the defendant what started out as a matter of straightforward jurisprudence stands poised to burn down the house yet again. Too brutal in its honesty to be satirical, Doueiri’s powder keg of a film is set firmly in a world preoccupied with its own pain and darkness. Completely engrossing.


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Jun 11, 2018

This is the only quote posted in IMDb this morning:
Wajdi Wehbe: No one has a monopoly on suffering.

To expand it for context:
If Yasser Salameh is a refugee, so is Tony Hanna. Even more, a refugee in his own country. His life has been marred by the same suffering, tragedy,
and injustice. The only difference is we've never showed Tony and many others the compassion they deserve. On the contrary, we've silenced them, ostracized them, while we know all too well what happened to the Palestinians. We talk so much about your cause, there's no room left for anyone else. What happened in 1976 in Damour, Jiye, Sadiyat, and Nahme, we're not allowed to talk about it. But what Tony Hanna said to Yasser Salameh, it's allowed. The truth is they're the product of an old wound that has never healed. What's happening in this court is a beginning
to consider and accept the other. Something must be said, something relevant, fundamental. No one has a monopoly on suffering, Your Honors.
No one.

Jun 11, 2018

Everyone knows who Lebanon's Christians are. You talked about defending your country while you lived in your fancy beach villas. You played the tourists during the war. Shopping in Paris, skiing in Switzerland.
You eat sushi. You speak French. Half the bombs that fell on you didn't have detonators. You don't know what suffering is. What a bunch of cry babies!
If it's ever possible to settle a dispute in a respectful manner, and consider an apology is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of decency.
You each believe you were in the right. The issue is which of you is at fault,
or more at fault. Do the words outweigh the physical aggression, or are they equally incriminating? Basically, a physical assault is unacceptable.
You can't take the law into your own hands, except for clear and imminent danger, meaning self-defense. At the same time, does an insult carry the same weight as physical assault, when the insult is demeaning and hurtful?

Jun 11, 2018

If it were me, I'd be in jail. But him, we arrest him by mail. Because he's Palestinian! This is bullshit!
-You insulted the police.
No, I insulted the situation.
Let me ask you a question, why did you say, "I wish Ariel Sharon had wiped you all out?"
-What's the big deal?
If the judge asks you, how will you answer?
-It felt right to say it.
That's not a good argument. Those words are loaded, Mr. Tony. What you said is very compleX.
-I don't understand.
The Palestinian cause is a whole different ball game. There's the UN, the NGOs, the humanitarian organizations... Everyone roots for the Palestinians. And don't forget, there are those who hate us. The Left, the liberals. By the way, many are Christians. They'd all be willing to skydive
just to defend Yasser Salameh. It's trendy to defend those people. So even if your opponent wants to settle out of court, they may force him not to.


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