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Danielle Arbid

Danielle Arbid


Born in 1970 in Beirut, Lebanese filmmaker Danielle Arbid left Lebanon when she was 17 to live in Paris and work as a journalist covering events in the Arab world.

In Paris, she studied French Literature as well as journalism, but her main goal and passion remained centered on moviemaking and directing.

Her first directorial experience was with her short film “Raddem,” after which she went on to write and direct a number of short movies, feature films and documentaries, earning several awards for her talent.

Overall, Arbid has made around 10 movies covering various issues, the most controversial and acclaimed of which was her latest, “Beirut Hotel,” which was banned in Lebanon for containing erotic scenes and for addressing the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

“Beirut Hotel” was not the only film of Arbid’s to be banned. The Lebanese censorship authorities had asked her in 2008 to remove a number of sex scenes from her movie “The Lost Man,” but she refused, wMore