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 and "one of the country's most daring filmmakers".
Jocelyne Saab during Vesoul International Asian film festival, 2009.
|Died||7 January 2019 (aged 70)|
|Occupation||Film director, Journalist|
|A Suspended Life, Once Upon a Time:Beirut, Dunia|
Saab was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. 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. Once the Lebanese Civil War broke out, Saab started working on documentary films. 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."
After the civil war, Saab continued to make a number of films, in both documentary and fiction.
- Portrait d'un mercenaire français (1975)
- Lebanon in a Whirlwind (1975)
- Les Enfants de la guerre (1976)
- Sud-Liban – Histoire d'un village (1976)
- Pour quelques vies (1976)
- Beyrouth, jamais plus (1976)
- Égypte, la cite des morts (1978)
- Lettre de Beyrouth (1979)
- A Suspended Life (Ghazal el-Banat) (1985)
- Kanya Ya Ma Kan, Beyrouth (1995)
- Kiss Me Not on the Eyes (2005)
- What's Going On, Once Upon A Time: Beirut (2009)
- ONORIENT, PAr (31 August 2018). "Jocelyne Saab, pionnière libanaise du cinéma et des arts".
- "Interview with the Lebanese Filmmaker Jocelyne Saab: My Country Was a Beautiful Garden – Qantara.de". Qantara.de – Dialogue with the Islamic World.
- "Jocelyn Saab". IMDb.
- "ESSAY FILM FESTIVAL: Jocelyne Saab". Birkbeck, University of London.