Documentary Review – Lebanon: Sibiling of Syria

 

In this Al-Jazeera World documentary, a complex history of Lebanese-Syrian relations is presented. Filmmaker Rania Rafei details the reversal of roles between the countries that occurred in the 1970s, when Syria stabilized under the Assad’s and Lebanon destabilized from civil war. France decoupled the two’s administrative units in the post-Ottoman period, but a persistent cultural bond and brotherhood continues. Especially in the diaspora communities abroad. Told here is the story of Lebanon as an entry point for every coup in Syria in the 1950s and 1960s, and the subsequent reversal which brought Syrian intervention into the political affairs of Lebanon.

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