By robbiefreeling | REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog July 15, 2006 at 6:40AM
There are currently roughly 25,000 U.S. citizens in Lebanon, and Joanne Nucho, one of Reverse Shot's most prized staff writers and a close friend of ours, is one of them, currently trapped in Beirut. Joanne has been in Beirut studying Arabic as part of her doctorate, which she is working on at UCLA. Since Israel starting waging all out war on Hezbollah (and everyone in Lebanon who might get in their path), the city has become a war zone. The predicament of Joanne and so many other college students trapped in a dormitory "literally being run by 19-year-olds," is documented here on msnbc.com, where you can also download audio files on Joanne, describing her current experiences over there. Nucho, who has written for Reverse Shot on such films as Titicut Follies, The Bicycle Thief, and The Color of Pomegranates, is a wonderful writer and friend, and though we're sure she will be safe, we hope for an evacuation and speedy return.