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film-maker Simon El Habre

Born in Beirut in 1975, he obtained his Diploma in Audiovisual Directing from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) in 1998 and graduated from Femis (Paris) in Film and Video Editing in 2000. Since 2001, he has been teaching film and video editing and documentary film-making at ALBA and at Lebanese University. He is also a member of the cultural association for the development of Arab cinema, Beirut DC. Simon El Habre has built a strong reputation in Lebanon and the Middle East as an editor and worked, among others, with Ghassan Salhab on his video Posthumus (2007) and his documentary 1958 (2009). He has directed a large number of commercials and TV reports. In 2008, he wrote, produced and directed a full-length documentary, The One Man Village. The movie was highly acclaimed by festivals, press and audiences internationally. It was screened at more than 30 festivals, including Berlinale, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Jeonju International Film Festival and Vision du Réel. The film also received the Best International Feature award at HotDocs 2009 and the Special Jury Award at the Dubai International Film Festival 2008.

2011   Gate #5, Director, Documentary (82 min)
2011   Planet of Snail, Editor, Documentary (Korea), Best Feature Documentary, IDFA (70’)
2010   Stray Bullet, Editor, Feature film (75 min)
2009   Once Again, Editor, Feature film (96 min)
          1958, Editor, Documentary (66 min)
2008   The One Man Village, Director, Documentary (86 min)
2007   Posthumus, Editor, Experimental video (28 min)
2005   Abu Khalil, Editor, Documentary (90 min) 



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