‘I find myself in the subject matter that I’m doing with, not with the form. I direct my films only. I think like a director. But directing is not my profession’
Borhane Alawiya who comes from South Lebanon was born in 1941. From there he started his career, which was dedicated to engaging cinema. He came back from Belgium, where he studied filmmaking, to begin his journey from Beirut with his debut film Poster vs. Poster. This film was followed by his masterpiece Kafar Kasem in 1974, which tells the story of the massacre committed by the Israelis against the Palestinians.
He presented his third film entitled It’s not Enough that God is with Poor in collaboration with the Tunisian director Lutfi Tabet. During the civil war in Lebanon, he presented another masterpiece Beirut is on Fire – a film that was distinguished for its cinematic language. After that time, he presented three documentaries: A Letter from the Time of War, A Letter from the Time of Banishment and Gulf War! What’s the Next.