Who Is She

Areas of expertise: 

Personal information

Film Director, Writer, Producer
Rania Stephan

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  • Master's degree, Cinema Studies, 1986, Paris VIII university, France.
  • Bachelor degree (with honors), 1982, Cinema Studies, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • French Baccalaureate (part 2), 1978, French Protestant College, Lebanon.

Areas of expertise

  • Cinema Studies
  • Culture
  • Media
  • Arabic
  • French
  • English
  • Music

Work history

  • Editor on Waiting for Abo Zayd, documentary film by Mohammad Ali Atassi, International jury prize & mediathèque prize at International Documentary Film Festival of Marseille, 2010.
  • Camera & editor on The procession of the captives, documentary film by Sabrina Mervin, 2006, winner of the festival Bilan du film ethnographique du Musée de l’homme-Paris, prize, France.
  • Camera & editor, 2009 - present, Rituals in Lebanon, an ongoing project of the Institut Français du Proche Orient (French Institute in the Near East) in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Assistant to the director Elia Suleiman in the film Divine Intervention, 2000 - 2002, Ognon Pictures Productions, France, Jury prize at the Cannes international film festival 2002.
  • Assistant director to Simone Bitton in the films Rachel (2009) and The Wall (2004), Jury prize at the sundance film festival 2004, Ciné-Sud Promotion.


Publications highlights: 
  • Stephan, R. (Writer & Director). (in progress). The Three Disppearances of Suad Hosni.
  • Stephan, R. (Writer & Director). (2009). DAMAGE, for Gaza the land of sad oranges[Short film]. Beirut: Ashkal Alwan & Rania Stephan.
  • Stephan, R. (Writer & Director). (2007). Smoke on water: 7 x el hermel [Documentary]. Lens on lebanon, El Hermel Public Library, & Rania Stephan.
  • Stephan, R. (Writer & Director). (2006). Lebanon/War [Documentary]. Beirut: Rania Stephan with the support of the Institut Français du Proche Orient (IFPO).
  • Stephan, R. (Writer & Director). (2005). Wastelands [Documentary]. Beirut: Rania Stephan & Forward Productions, with the support of the Institut Français du Proche Orient (IFPO).
  • Stephan, R. (Writer & Director). (1999). train-trains (where's the track ?) [Documentary]. Ayloul Festival, The Post Office, & Rania Stephan.
Newspaper articles and columns: 
  • Stephan, R. (2008, 27 August). Terrains vagues [Wasteland] , Études contemporaines, 1, retrieved September 8, 2010 from http://ifpo.revues.org/114