Hostage: The Bachar Tapes (#17 and #31)

This is a video about 'The Western Hostage Crisis', which refers to the abduction and detention in Lebanon in the 1980s and early 1990s of western men like Terry Anderson and Terry Waite by 'Islamic militants'. This episode directly and indirectly consumed Lebanese, US, French and British political and public life and precipitated a number of high profile political scandals like the Iran-Contra affair in the US.

In Hostage this crisis is examined through the testimony of Souheil Bachar, who was held hostage in Lebanon between 1983 and 1993. What is remarkable about his captivity is that he was the only Arab man to have been detained with the western hostages kidnapped in Beirut in the 1980s.

Bachar was held for three months in 1985 in the same cell as five American men: Terry Anderson, Thomas Sutherland, Benjamin Weir, Martin Jenco and David Jacobsen. In 1999, Bachar collaborated with The Atlas Group to produce 53 videotapes about his ten year captivity in Lebanon.

Tapes numbered #17  and #31  are the only two tapes Bachar makes available for screening outside Lebanon