Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon,
Jocelyne Saab became a war
reporter in 1975, and began directing independent documentaries in the Middle
East.After more than 20 films and numerous international awards Saab moved
into fiction. In 2005, living between Paris and Cairo, she directed an
extremely beautiful and strong movie in Egypt, about female desire called “
Duniaدنيا- Kiss me not on
Starring beautiful Egyptian actress
Hanan Turk, “
had A LOT of trouble with the local censorship, before the shooting, during the
shooting and after the shooting. The pressure were so intense that even the
lead actress is now denying the movie (sad).
Here is the beginning of the synopsis (from
Johanna Hypatia blog–
warning: the complete article contains spoilers): “
The film was nominated at the
Sundance International Film Festival,
opened at the
Singapore International Film Festival in 2006 and was
screened at the
Vesoul International Asian film festival 2009 during a
retropective about Lebanese female directors. The following video is a (less
than) 3-minute teaser of the Q&A which followed the screening in
The whole Q&A was about 25
I also had a few solo interviews with Jocelyne Saab during the festival.
Part of them will included in a documentary that I’m now editing about the 15
edition of the
Vesoul International Asian film festival. Jocelyne Saab just finished a new movie, "
What's Going On" starring
Raia Haidar, a project which began in December 2008 was mainly shot in Beirut. Frédéric Ambroisine (Dec. 4th, 2009)
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