Jocelyne Saab during Vesoul International Asian film festival, 2009.
|Died||7 January 2019 70) (aged|
|Occupation||Film director, Journalist|
|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 cinemaand "one of the country's most daring filmmakers". 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.
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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.
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Once the Lebanese Civil War broke out, Saab started working on documentary films.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 . 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."
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