Video Works: from the twin towers to Al-Aqsa. “Are you comfortable?” a voice says from off frame. The man shrugs at the camera and casts his eyes around the room. “It doesn’t matter whether I’m comfortable or not,” he says eventually.The off-frame voice asks him to tell his story from the beginning. “But you already know the whole story,” he says, face taut with irritation.The 20-minute video “12,” 2015, by Mohamed Berro recounts a little-known tale from Lebanon’s recent history. On Sept. 12, 1993, emergency services were called to a residence in the suburb of Ghobeiri. They found 11 bodies, the remains of what is said to be the country’s only recorded case of mass suicide.

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