film-maker Raed Rafei
Raed Rafei is a Lebanese filmmaker, researcher, and multimedia journalist. For over a decade beginning in 2004, Rafei was a print journalist covering political, social, and economic issues in Lebanon and the Middle East for local and international publications including the Daily Star and the Los Angeles Times. In 2013, he obtained a Master’s degree in Journalism with a focus on video journalism from the City University of New York. He then worked as a freelance director and producer for television reports and documentaries for networks including CNN, ARTE, and Al-Jazeera.
Rafei’s work also extends into independent docufiction and essay filmography. In collaboration with his sister, Rania Rafei, he co-wrote and co-directed his first feature film in 2012: 74 (The Reconstitution of a Struggle), a hybrid documentary about the 1974 student occupation of the American University of Beirut. The film was released at the FID Marseille film festival, where it received a national prize. It has since been screened at international film festivals around the world and received several awards. Eccomi … Eccoti (Here I am … Here you are) is his second feature film. In 2017, Rafei joined the University of California, Santa Cruz, to pursue a PhD degree in film and digital media.
Prologue - co-directed with Rania Rafei - 2011 - 49min
74 (The reconstitution of a struggle) - co-directed with Rania Rafei - 2012 - 1h40min
Eccomi ... Eccoti - 2017 - 68min
Salam – 2017 – 19min
Queer Utopia : From Stonewall to Tell Garden – 2021 – 8min