Nina Menkes, Monika Borgmann, Lokman Slim, Hermann Theissen, Germany, Lebanon, France, Switzerland 2005, 98’
The Bloody Child Dissolution

Six Lebanese militants talk on camera about the Sabra and Shatila massacres in Palestinian refugee camps in September 1982. Also recounted in the film Waltz with Bashir, the story shown from the perspective of the Lebanese, coalesces into a psychological portrait of a collective killer.

Monika Talarczyk


Berlin IFF 2005 - FIPRESCI Prize

Nina Menkes

Nina Menkes is an avant-garde American filmmaker who graduated with a degree in film from the University of California w Los Angeles. She has lectured at University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, Tel Aviv University and the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. Her oeuvre includes eight films that she wrote, directed, and produced and, for many years, her sister Tinka Menkes, was her leading actress, muse and closest associate. Menkes’s films have screened at festivals in Berlin, Sundance, Rotterdam, Locarno as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New York Museum of Modern Art.


1983 Wielki smutek Zohary / The Great Sadness of Zohara (short)

1986 Magdalena Viraga

1991 Królowa diamentów / Queen of Diamonds

1996 Krwawe dziecię / The Bloody Child

2000 The Crazy Bloody Female Center

2005 Masakra / Massaker / Massacre (co-dir.)

2007 Miłość fantomowa / Phantom Love

2012 Rozpad / Hitparkut / Dissolution

2022 Brainwashed: seks, kamera, władza / Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Nina Menkes, Monika Borgmann, Lokman Slim, Hermann Theissen
screenplay Monika Borgmann, Hermann Theissen
cinematography Nina Menkes
editing Anne de Mo, Bernd Euscher
sound Tilo Busch, Florian Kaltenegger
producer Joachim Ortmanns
production Lichtblick Film und Fernsehproduktion, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Films Unlimited, Umam Films, Beirut
sales Lichtblick Film
language Arabic
coloration colour
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