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Published on Aug 3, 2011

On August 10th, 2011, filmmaker Matthew Millan will give a talk about his travels through war-torn Libya, and the extraordinary events he witnessed while there.

From the eastern city of Tobruk to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Mr. Millan journeyed into the heart of a nebula coalescing from the dust of war...and into a nation reborn. Amidst the brutality and devastation wrought under 42 years of Gaddafi's rule, a civil society par excellence is emerging from the ashes. And for the first time in their lives, the eastern Libyans feel a strong sense of citizenship, finding themselves gravitating toward certain roles, roles they would never consider five months before. Medical students turned news anchors. Civil engineers turned newspaper editors. And taxi drivers turned soldiers. Neighborhoods have banded together to pick up the pieces of a shattered infrastructure. Children sweep the streets after the witching hour, alongside men who paint the roadside curbs. Looting is non-existent, and the crime rate has dropped by a factor of 20... and this in the absence of strong government.

To begin the talk, Mr. Millan will first walk you through the emerging nation in the midst the war, and the devastation of the Libyan infrastructure before showing the premiere of 'We Win or We Die', a 30 minute documentary on the first 4 days of the uprising. At the end of the talk, he will also show teasers to his upcoming feature length film, entitled 'West of Tobruk', which due out in 2012. Join Mr. Millan on August 10th at the Venice Arts Gallery, and see the emerging face of Libya.

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