Those who refused to work as prostitutes were repeatedly raped and tortured until they submitted, according to Lebanese women’s rights activists.In this Thursday April 7, 2016 photo, a whip remains on the table of the guard’s room of the Chez Maurice Hotel in Beirut, where Lebanese security forces busted a sex trafficking ring involving 75 Syrian refugee women forced into prostitution.
It excites your imagination, but I think it’s also the world, as well as the story and the sense of place.I read that Tony Gilroy wrote the script almost three decades ago.The long car journeys to the south, the north, just listening to people’s tales of Civil War and their experience of being under Israeli bombardment and just all the textures and allegiances and divergences. It’s a truly fascinating place with extraordinary people in it. You know, to admit what you don’t know and listen and absorb. You know, I think it was true of any sort of foreign correspondents, the diplomats, the American Secret Service who were there, I think people worked really hard and I think they lived hard too. You know, we put all our heart and soul into the movie, but we also had a really good time.
And you know, I hadn’t been to Lebanon before I made the film. I went with MAG, a landmine charity, to see their work in October of last year, and I had an amazing visit and just talked and talked and talked.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen one of these dialogue-driven political thrillers. When he first spoke to me he said one of his big references was .
If you think about using that film with Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver — it’s one of my favorites because of that — it’s got this uncanny, sexy feeling that characters are holding their cards close to their chest.
I imagine it was a pretty rigorous shoot in Morocco.
This Thursday April 7, 2016 photo shows barred rooms of the Chez Maurice Hotel in Beirut, where Lebanese security forces busted a sex trafficking ring involving 75 Syrian refugee women forced into prostitution.
The three-story Chez Maurice looked more like a jail than a hotel when it was recently visited by an Associated Press crew, with bars on balconies and windows. The premises have been sealed off and official documents were stamped on the gates, barring entry.