Four Short Films by Jocelyne Saab

Four Short Films by Jocelyne Saab

Jocelyne Saab (1948-2019) was born and raised in Beirut. After completing her studies in economic sciences at the Sorbonne in Paris, Saab was invited by poet and artist Etel Adnan to work as a journalist. War came to Saab’s native Lebanon in 1975, and that same year saw the beginning of Saab’s filmmaking career with Lebanon in a Whirlwind, an account of the various forces and interests behind the incipient conflict. The war would last another 15 years, and Saab’s chronicling of its horrors — particularly in her remarkable “Beirut Trilogy” — is unequalled in both its ethical integrity and emotional impact. 

In these four short films screened at De Cinema, she gives voice to the often forgotten victims of the conflicts of the 1970s. We follow traumatised children playing war, teenagers aspiring to become suicide bombers and women fighting for education and freedom. And we return to her childhood home that was completely bombed to the ground.

Our Issue on Jocelyne Saab can be found here.

Film
20 Mar 2024 - 12 Jul 2024
De Cinema, Antwerp