Mistakes You Didn’t Notice in “West Beirut”

West Beirut, now on Netflix, is an iconic Lebanese film by director Ziad Douiri that depicts the beginnings of the Civil War which erupted in Lebanon in 1975 and ended in 1990. However, almost no film goes without some mistakes that go unnoticed by many.

Photo: Screenshot from West Beirut by Ziad Doueiri

Here are a few mistakes we caught in the film:

1- The number 1 and biggest mistake in the film is that it starts on April 13, 1975, the day of the infamous attack against the Palestinian bus. The day is also famously known as Black Sunday – it was actually a Sunday – yet, somehow, kids are at school, and the mother of the main character, who’s a lawyer, is coming from her work at the “Adleye” courthouse.

Photo: Screenshot from West Beirut by Ziad Doueiri

2- The next day, the mother wakes up her child to get ready for school, at the same time of the “Adhan Al Fajer” – (dawn time Islamic call for prayer) which takes place at approximately 3:45 am when he needs to be in class at 8:00 am. This happens twice in the movie. Now, I don’t know about you dear reader, and I don’t care how far school is from home, but if my mom woke me up for school that early, that would have been the beginning of the civil war, even if no attack took place on a bus.

Photo: Screenshot from West Beirut by Ziad Doueiri

3- In several scenes, some cars appear in the film that are 90’s model when the film – again – takes place in the 70’s.

Photo: Screenshot from West Beirut by Ziad Doueiri

4- At approximately 1:18:00 When the characters take a trip from (Hamra) West Beirut to (Zeitouna Bay) which is in East Beirut, the taxi drops them off at Ramlet El Bayda, which is completely out of their way. We would have not mentioned this mistake if the areas in question were not actual landmarks known to most Lebanese and some foreigners even. 

Photo: Screenshot from West Beirut by Ziad Doueiri

Regardless of the mistakes we have mentioned in this article, fact remains that “West Beirut” is an iconic Lebanese film, and you can now watch it on Netflix.

Now tell us, did you notice anything else worth mentioning?

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