In 1975, the long slog of civil war has recently begun in Beirut. A high school student named Tarek (Rami Doueiri) is thrilled by all the chaos and upheaval because he no longer needs to go to school. Plus, he finds negotiations between West and East Beirut interesting. Tarek is accompanied by his buddy Omar (Mohamad Chamas) as the two shoot Super 8 films of the tumult around them. The jovial mood takes a tragic turn when Tarek's parents start fighting over whether or not to flee Beirut.