Jocelyne Saab

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Jocelyne Saab
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Jocelyne Saab during Vesoul International Asian film festival, 2009.
Born(1948-04-30)30 April 1948
Died7 January 2019(2019-01-07) (aged 70)
Occupation Film director, Journalist
Notable work
A Suspended Life, Once Upon a Time:Beirut, Dunia

Jocelyne Saab (30 April 1948 – 7 January 2019) was a journalist and film director from Lebanon. She is recognized as one of the pioneers of Lebanese cinema [1] and "one of the country's most daring filmmakers". [2] A reporter, photographer, scriptwriter, producer, director, artist and founder of the Cultural Resistance International Film Festival of Lebanon, Saab has placed her entire artistic career at the service of the deprived and disadvantaged – from displaced peoples to exiled fighters, cities at war and a Fourth World without a voice. Her work is grounded in historic violence, and in an awareness of the actions and images required to document, reflect on and counteract it. [3]

Film director Person who controls the artistic and dramatic aspects of a film production

A film director is a person who directs the making of a film. A film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfilment of that vision. The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design, and the creative aspects of filmmaking. Under European Union law, the director is viewed as the author of the film.

Lebanon Country in Western Asia

Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanese Republic, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south, while Cyprus is west across the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon's location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland facilitated its rich history and shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity. At just 10,452 km2, it is the smallest recognized sovereign state on the mainland Asian continent.



Saab was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. She finished her studies of economics in the 1970s and began to work for television here and there. Her first job was hosting a pop music program on the national Lebanese radio station called "Marsipulami got blue eyes." She then became a television newsreader. She was also a war correspondent in Egypt and South Lebanon. She went to Libya in 1971, covered the October War in 1973. In 1975, she worked as a reporter for French television [4] .

Beirut City in Lebanon

Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. No recent population census has been conducted, but 2007 estimates ranged from slightly more than 1 million to 2.2 million as part of Greater Beirut. Located on a peninsula at the midpoint of Lebanon's Mediterranean coast, Beirut is the country's largest and main seaport.

Once the Lebanese Civil War broke out, Saab started working on documentary films. [5] Her first documentary was called "Lebanon in Turmoil". After two years, she began to give her documentaries a more personal perspective. She stopped doing 'classical' documentaries. This marked her turn towards a more personal and essayistic mode of filmmaking as her country was torn apart by conflict [4] . As a curator at Birkbeck, University of London noted: "These beautiful and moving films infuse their powerful documentary footage of daily life amid destruction and displacement with a poetic intensity that transcends the conflict and reaches beyond despair." [6]

Lebanese Civil War Civil war

The Lebanese Civil War was a multifaceted civil war in Lebanon, lasting from 1975 to 1990 and resulting in an estimated 120,000 fatalities. As of 2012, approximately 76,000 people remain displaced within Lebanon. There was also an exodus of almost one million people from Lebanon as a result of the war.

Birkbeck, University of London public research university located in Bloomsbury, London, England

Birkbeck, University of London, is a public research university located in Bloomsbury London, England, and a constituent college of the federal University of London. Established in 1823 as the London Mechanics' Institute by its founder, Sir George Birkbeck, and its supporters, Jeremy Bentham, J. C. Hobhouse and Henry Brougham, Birkbeck has been one of the few institutions to specialise in evening higher education.

After the civil war, Saab continued to make a number of films, in both documentary and fiction.



Sundance Film Festival annual film festival held in Park City, Utah, USA

The Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, takes place annually in Park City, Utah, the largest independent film festival in the United States with more than 46,660 attending in 2016. It is held in January in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as at the Sundance Resort. It is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival consists of competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature films and short films, and a group of out-of-competition sections, including NEXT, New Frontier, Spotlight, Midnight, Premieres, and Documentary Premieres.

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