Students demonstrate against a tuition increase. For 37 days, they occupy university offices. Any resemblance to recent events is completely intentional. With the Lebanese student revolt of 1974 as their starting point, filmmakers Rania and Raed Rafei direct an absorbing documentary on the core issues of revolution and democracy. In addition to a meticulous re-enactment, they include theatrical improvisations in which activists give their interpretations of the student leaders’ actions in ’74. The simplicity of the film’s direction lets us focus on the debates, by turns impassioned, intelligent and even annoying thanks to their ideologically driven didacticism. How do you change the world? The question has never been more relevant.
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