BONTEMPS (SOPHIE), CORGNET (GILDAS), MOREAU (Cecile)
ARTE GEIE, NOUVEAUX JOURS PRODUCTIONS (LES)
German, English, French
TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD
The green silhouette that floats on flags, the cedar, an inseparable emblem of national identity, represents the symbol of belonging of all Lebanese to their country.
Today, Lebanon's cedars are threatened with extinction, as a result of the rapid acceleration of global warming and illegal logging, a new trade in a country plungend into poverty since the 2020 Beirut explosion. Regulating the climate throughout the region, forests - of all species - once covered the mountains.
Does the extinction of cedars illustrate the abyss into which Lebanon seems to be plunged? Despite the political and economic crisis, despite the devaluation of the Lebanese pound, despite the ever-present hunger, despite the lack of environmental policy, a handful of people are fighting to plant young trees as a sign of hope and resistance. A tremendous task to which Dr. Youssef Tawk has decided to dedicate his life. A doctor and head of the small hospital in the village of Bcharré, this cedar lover who cares as much about trees as he does about the people he treats, embarked on a mission that seemed impossible in the aftermath of the civil war: reforesting the arid slopes surrounding the last forest of the patriarchs, near his native village. And the fight fight continues, always and again, obstinately.