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Maronites, The

(275 mins) Constituting the largest Catholic Christian group in the Middle East, the Maronites of Lebanon are devout followers of Saint Maron (d. 410) of Antioch. The Maronites were particularly influential in the creation of the modern state of Lebanon and its independence from the French in 1948. Despite various instances of oppression and persecution throughout their history, the Maronites have managed to remain a dominant force in Lebanese political and cultural life. Using rare footage and insightful interviews, this absorbing documentary traces the history of this ancient community to modern day Lebanon, capturing its substantial contributions to the religious and cultural diversity of the Middle East.

In Arabic with English or French subtitles.