Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will present “Under the Bombs,” the third film in its March Movie Fest, Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room. The series offers recent feature films that have won multiple international awards and are being screened for the first time on the Midcoast.

The 2008 drama from France, Lebanon and the United Kingdom is presented in Arabic with English subtitles and is the winner of eight international film awards including the Altre Visioni and Human Rights Film Award at the Venice International Film Festival. It is directed by Philipe Aractingi.

During a cease-fire in the Lebanon-Israel conflict of 2006, a Christian taxi driver (Georges¬† Khabbaz) brings an untraditional Shiite woman (Nada Abou Farhat) from Beirut to the heart of the conflict in the country’s south. While they scour the rubble of local towns for her son, who was sent to live with her traditional family while she was staying with her husband in Dubai, they discover that despite their very different backgrounds they have much in common. During their trip through the desolate countryside, the two travelers develop a deep bond.

“Under the Bombs” was filmed entirely on location during the summer of 2006, in the middle of the ruins of war-torn Lebanon. Director Aractingi hired only two professional actors; the rest are refugees, journalists, soldiers, etc., playing themselves.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310. The screening is free.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to