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Backstory – The Film Residency
Jury | Rania Stephan

Rania Stephan© Photo courtesy of Marwan Tahtah

filmmaker / video artist


Born in Beirut ,Lebanon, Rania Stephan graduated in Cinema Studies from Latrobe University – Melbourne, Australia and Paris VIII University, France.

Her career in film has been long and diverse. She has worked as production and first assistant with renowned filmmakers as well as camera person and editor with researchers in Social Sciences and Documentarists (Procession of The Captives, Waiting for Abu Zeid, Catherine or The Body of The Passion, Panoptic).

She has directed short and medium length videos, art films and creative documentaries. Anchored in the turbulent reality of her country, her documentaries give a personal perspective to political events. She intertwines raw images with a poetic edge, where chance encounters are captured with compassion and humour. The work on archival material has been an underlying enquiry in her work. Her most recent work investigates forgotten images and sounds that haunt the present. By juxtaposing them with new ones, she explores a diversity of meanings, triggering renewed narratives and emotions. 
The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni is her first feature film (Artist’s Prize: Sharjah Biennale 10 - Renaud Victor Prize: FID MARSEILLE International Cinema Festival – Best Filmmaker Award: Doha Tribecca Film Festival -2011)


Tribe (1993)
Attempt at Jealousy (1995)
train-trains (Where’s the Track?) (1999)
Arrest at Manara (2003)
Kimo the Taxi (2003)
Wastelands (2005)
Lebanon/War (2006)
Smoke on the water: 7 X El Hermel (2007)
DAMAGE, for Gaza “The land of Sad Oranges” (2009)
The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011)
64 Dusks (2013)
Memories for A Private Eye (2015).