Remembering Lokman Slim (1962-2021)

Lokman Slim and his wife Monika Borgmann.

Lebanese publisher, filmmaker, and activist Lokman Slim, an outspoken critic of Hezbollah, was murdered on Feb. 4, 2021 while on his way home from southern Lebanon. In 2017, Al Jadid published a review of his award-winning film “Tadmor” (Icarus Films, 2016), co-directed with his wife, Monika Borgmann. “Ghosts of the past come in many forms.

For some, they exist as memories, recollections of humiliation or pain. For others, they live in the dead. A telling confrontation with all of these manifestations, Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim’s “Tadmor” speaks volumes on the lasting impacts of systematic torture and degradation. The film focuses on men haunted by their time as prisoners in the notorious Tadmor (known in English as Palmyra) under the Assad regime. Revisiting their experiences of incarceration, these men transform an abandoned school outside of Beirut into the very prison that inflicted so much trauma and fear.”

(This excerpt is from Naomi Pham’s review which appeared in Al Jadid, Vol. 21, No. 73, 2017.) To read the full review, click on the link below.

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