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Samir Habshi

Born in Deir el-Qamar, Lebanon, Samir Habchi traveled to the Ukraine in 1983 to pursue his studies in cinema and directing.

Habchi directed four short films in the Ukraine before returning to Lebanon in 1992 to shoot his first feature film, “The Tornado,” which won an award at the 1994 Carthage Film Festival.

After his success in cinema, Habchi went on to work on a series of Lebanese soap operas, all of which received critical and popular acclaim; among them “Lam7et 7ob”, “Al Layla Al Akhira”, “Bent Al 7ay”, “Men A7la Byout Ras Beirut” and others.

He is also known for his success on two low-budget Lebanese movies — “Meshwar” and “Gibran Khalil Gebran” — and for the documentary “Sayyidat Al Qasr,” which chronicles the life of Nazira Jumblatt.

Habchi returned to the world of cinema after an absence of 15 years with the release of the award-winning film “Beirut Open City,” which covers the oppression and tyranny of security and intelligence forces in Lebanon during the Syrian occupatMore

Born in Deir el-Qamar, Lebanon, Samir Habchi traveled to the Ukraine in 1983 to pursue his studies in cinema and directing.

Habchi directed four short films in the Ukraine before returning to Lebanon in 1992 to shoot his first feature film, “The Tornado,” which won an award at the 1994 Carthage Film Festival.

After his success in cinema, Habchi went on to work on a series of Lebanese soap operas, all of which received critical and popular acclaim; among them “Lam7et 7ob”, “Al Layla Al Akhira”, “Bent Al 7ay”, “Men A7la Byout Ras Beirut” and others.

He is also known for his success on two low-budget Lebanese movies — “Meshwar” and “Gibran Khalil Gebran” — and for the documentary “Sayyidat Al Qasr,” which chronicles the life of Nazira Jumblatt.

Habchi returned to the world of cinema after an absence of 15 years with the release of the award-winning film “Beirut Open City,” which covers the oppression and tyranny of security and intelligence forces in Lebanon during the Syrian occupatMore