Ghassan Salhab is a director, screenwriter and film instructor. Ranging from documentary to thriller to new media, his films question the foundations of society and the role of art and the individual in times of unrest.
Salhab’s film Chinese Ink (2017) was commissioned for Sharjah Biennial 13, and he has directed six feature films: The Valley (2014), The Mountain (2011), 1958 (2009), The Last Man (2006), Terra Incognita (2002) and Beyrouth Fantôme (1998). He has also made ‘essays’, short films and videos, including Son Image (2016); Everybody knows this is nowhere (2012); Le massacre des innocents (2010); Posthumous (2007) and Brève recontre avec Jean Luc Godard (2005). He collaborated with Akram Zaatari and Mohamed Soueid on the three-part Baalbeck (2000) and co-directed Of Seduction (1999) with Nesrine Khodr.
His films have been selected for international film festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Marseille, Locarno, Tribeca and Toronto. He was a resident in the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme (2016) and the recipient of a post-production grant from the Doha Film Institute for The Mountain (2010). His film The Valley earned him Best Director from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (2014), and Beyrouth Fantôme received an award for best soundtrack at the Festival des Trois Continents de Nantes, France (1998). His films were also honoured by La Rochelle International Film Festival and JC Carthage (2010). In addition to his work in filmmaking, he has published articles in magazines and the book Fragments du Livre du Naufrage (2012). He is also a film instructor at various universities and other institutions.
This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 13.