That might be the point, though, at least for Western audiences.
Bizri wants the gaps between cultures to come to the fore in Vertices: Beirut-Dublin-Seoul (2003-2005), a multi-screen video that captures short, quotidian events taking place in the three cities. The screens show the same thing at different moments and angles, an effect made all the more disorienting when the displayed attractions—a woman waiting for a taxi, a fish market, a meditating monk—ultimately collide with ratty, black and white war footage. Separate lands blend in their similar universal scenes but never permanently conjoin, just as the peaceful spaces of the "present" violently coexist with the horrors of the past to which they may have been home.
War is even more at the forefront of Song for the Deaf Ear (2008), a fast-paced montage of scenes from Lebanon's civil war that continually returns to the disturbing sight of a young man's mangled corpse. Even with its cryptic inserts (a crescent moon with a woman holding a flower in its center—a plea to the Islamic world?) and brief flashes of Gehr- and Brakhage-like camera movement over earthen textures, Deaf Ear admirably tries to go beyond typical "war is hell" catalogs of human cannibalism. I don't know if it succeeds, but the appearance of the same giraffes from Asmahan draws ineffable connections to the two films that can't help but be unnerving.