Born in Beirut, Rania Stephan received degrees in cinema studies from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and University of Paris 8. She has directed short films, videos and creative documentaries. Anchored in the turbulent reality of her home country, her documentaries offer a personal perspective on political events. She intertwines poetics and raw images, where chance encounters are captured with compassion and humour, and she uses archival material as a source of inquiry. In 2011, her first feature film, The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni, received the Artist’s Prize at Sharjah Biennial 10, Renaud Victor Prize at FIDMarseille International Film Festival and Best Filmmaker Award at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.