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Simon El Habre

Born in Beirut in 1975, Simon El Habre studied Audiovisual Directing at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA), graduating in 1998. He then studied Film and Audio Editing at La Fémis, in Paris.

Habre returned to Lebanon and began teaching Video Editing and Documentary Making at ALBA and Lebanese University.

He began his directing career working on TV commercials and reports, and directed his first full-length documentary, “The One-Man Village,” in 2008.

“The One-Man Village”was received with local and international acclaim and screened at more than 30 festivals, including Berlinale, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Vision du Reel, receiving the Best International Feature award at HotDocs and the Special Jury Award at the Dubai International Film Festival.

In 2011, Habre released a second documentary, “Gate #5,” which follows a group of old men who spent their lives working as truck drivers at the Beirut port.

Born in Beirut in 1975, Simon El Habre studied Audiovisual Directing at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA), graduating in 1998. He then studied Film and Audio Editing at La Fémis, in Paris.

Habre returned to Lebanon and began teaching Video Editing and Documentary Making at ALBA and Lebanese University.

He began his directing career working on TV commercials and reports, and directed his first full-length documentary, “The One-Man Village,” in 2008.

“The One-Man Village”was received with local and international acclaim and screened at more than 30 festivals, including Berlinale, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Vision du Reel, receiving the Best International Feature award at HotDocs and the Special Jury Award at the Dubai International Film Festival.

In 2011, Habre released a second documentary, “Gate #5,” which follows a group of old men who spent their lives working as truck drivers at the Beirut port.