In Lebanon, the car-bomb assassination of prime minister Rafik Hafari on February 14, 2005, marked only the onset in a sweeping tide of sociopolitical change that took their country by storm during the late winter and early spring months of that year. These shifts culminated in the Confessional Youth Movement in Beirut's famous Martyr's Square, wherein thousands upon thousands of young protesters filled the streets -- voicing demands for an official investigation into Hafari's murder, the instantaneous removal of Syrian troops from Lebanon and the resignation of the then-current Lebanese governmental administration. Astonishingly (and in the eyes of many, admirably), these protests sprang up in complete defiance of orders issued by the country's Interior Ministry. With his documentary Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies and Video, filmmaker Mai Masri travels directly to the scene in early 2005 and plunges into the fray, for a firsthand glimpse of the events.
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