Some 120 Libyan rebels have chartered a plane and travelled to Sarajevo to watch the premiere of a documentary about their revolution.
The French director Florent Marcie filmed the insurgents from the Libyan town of Zintan from the start of the Libyan uprising until the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, living alongside them for eight months.
He screened his film on Thursday for the first time at Sarajevo’s Warm festival. Marcie said that when he told the Zintan fighters the screening would be in Sarajevo, they immediately applied for Bosnian visas and chartered a plane. ****(again visas now days is very difficult to get unless sponsored) They recorded the 4.5-hour film on their smartphones until their batteries died.
The movie is called Tomorrow Tripoli after a phrase the insurgents used to boost themselves during the revolution, with the subtitle The Revolution of the Rats.
According to the publicity for the film, during the uprising the small group of insurgents had been isolated from the rebel stronghold in eastern Libya, and surrounded by Gaddafi’s army. ****(this never happened the Zintan group only entered the ratverments 2 or 3 months prior to Qaddafi’s fall )
Marcie is the director of Saïa, a film on a frontline in Afghanistan, and of Itchkéri Kenti, a documentary on the war in Chechnya. He is now working on Commander Khawani, a film about an Afghan commander through 15 years of conflict.