Press photo from We Win Or We Die
We Win Or We Die
Slamdance Film Festival
Director: Matthew Millan
In February of 2011, peaceful protests against Mommar Gaddafi’s oppressive regime in Benghazi, Libya, break down into all-out war as government soldiers open fire on the masses. Violence escalates as Gaddafi loyalists are employed to disperse the protesters with brutal force. When citizens attempt to besiege the government’s military fortress known as the Katiba to no avail, one man sacrifices himself as a last effort to liberate Benghazi. Mahdi Zew, an oil company administrator and father of two daughters, pilots his car with a trunk full of explosive gas cylinders into the heart of the Katiba. This suicidal and heroic act devastates his family, yet creates a new future for Benghazi. Says one citizen, “We have breathed the air of freedom at last.” Millan’s brief but informative documentary provides much needed insight into an event that was skimmed over by the majority of the media. 4 of 5 stars.