A Civilized People (Mouta7adirat - متحضرات)
Censoring Entity: General Security
Censoring Reason: Israel
Censored by the General security because it showed scenes that were perceived as offensive to a specific party.
Some 40 minutes of the film was censored for its ‘obscenity’ and ‘uncomplimentary representation of Lebanon during this particularly unsavory spell of its history’. It was subsequently screened only once, at the Beirut International Film Festival.
The film is a dark comedy/drama about the Lebanese civil war. During the civil war, many well-off Lebanese families fled the country to look for their personal interests internationally, leaving behind their residences under the care of maids and laborers from Egypt, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. The film draws the portrait of a war-tormented Beirut neighborhood, and the love between a Muslim militia fighter and a Christian maid.