This article takes the autofictional trauma cinema created by Lebanese artists and film-makers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige in their Je veux voir (2008) as a case study that demonstrates the potential value of a film-analytical methodology grounded in the concept of cinéma-monde. A Franco-Lebanese co-production starring Catherine Deneuve, Je veux voir occupies a hybrid generic position between documentary and fiction, and may be considered as a rare example of cinematic autofiction. Deneuve’s participation, along with the associations conjured up by her cinematic star-image, allows Je veux voir to interrogate the nature of the ongoing relationship between France and Lebanon (Lebanon being France’s former protectorate). It also allows for an ethical approach to bearing witness to the war trauma that Lebanese people have suffered in recent decades, whilst avoiding the ethical traps of falsely totalising and distorting narratives embedded in existing audiovisual discourses that might, conversely, generate greater transnational audience appeal.
|Journal||Journal of Romance Studies|
|Early online date||25 Mar 2023|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2023|
- France-Lebanon relations
- Catherine Deneuve
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