HOSTAGE: THE BACHAR TAPES (ENGLISH VERSION)
"Hostage: The Bachar Tapes (English version) is a multi-part videotape about ’The Western Hostage Crisis’. The crisis refers to the abduction and detention in Lebanon in the 1980’s and early 1990’s of western men like Terry Anderson and Terry Waite by ’Islamic militants’.
In Hostage: The Bachar Tapes (English version) the ’Western Hostage Crisis’ is examined through the fictional video testimony of Souheil Bachar. Souheil Bachar was held hostage in Lebanon between 1983 and 1993. What is remarkable about Souheil’s captivity is that he was the only Arab man to have been detained with the western hostages kidnapped in Beirut in the 1980’s. In fact, Souheil was held for 3 months in 1985 in the same cell as five American men: Terry Anderson, Thomas Sutherland, Benjamin Weir, Martin Jenco and David Jacobsen.
In 1999, Souheil Bachar collaborated with The Atlas Group to produce 53 videotapes about his captivity. Tapes #17 and #31 are the only two tapes Souheil makes available for screening outside of Lebanon. In tapes #17 and #31, Bachar addresses the cultural, textual, and sexual aspects of his detention with the Americans." (www.atlasgroup.org)