The artist

Jocelyne Saab was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1975 she became a war reporter and began directing independent documentaries in the Middle East. After more than 20 films and numerous international awards Saab moved into fiction. In 1985 her first feature film "Suspended Life" was selected for the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes International film festival. "Once upon a time in Beirut", her next feature film followed in 1995. In her works, Saab addresses the theme of memory and voices a plea for tolerance and freedom; In 1997 her prize-winning French documentary shot in Vietnam "Lady from Saigon" enabled her to distance herself from war.

In 2005, living between Paris and Cairo, she directed “DUNIA – Kiss me not on the eyes” about female desire. The film was nominated at the Sundance International Film Festival and opened at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2006.

After more than 30 years of filming documentaries and features, today Saab revisits all her work done in the urgency of bombs falling upon her and recreates a powerful work renouncing war in the form of a garden-city-scape at the National Museum of Singapore. It is part of a on going process by the artist to explore mix-media as an art form.


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