Seelye: Why did you choose to tell the story of two teenage boys coming of age in wartime Beirut?
Doueiri: I remember the war as a teenager. Furthermore, I knew from the beginning that making my protagonists teenagers would give me more freedom of expression. A teenager can get away with things during a time of war that adults cannot. As teenagers, Tarek and Omar had the freedom to behave without inhibitions and explore their sexuality.
Seelye: How autobiographical is this film?