Joana Hadjithomas was born in 1969 in Beirut. She studied in France (University of Nanterre) and in the USA. She has become a key figure of contemporary Lebanese cinema, along with Khalil Joreige, with whom she has worked in partnership since the beginning of her career. They have worked together as both artists and filmmakers, shooting fictions films and documentaries. In 1999, they wrote and directed their first fiction feature film, Around the Pink House. In 2008, they were recipients of the Best Singular Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival with Je Veux Voir/ I Want To See a Franco-Lebanese feature film starring Catherine Deneuve and Rabih Mroue. For the last 15 years, they have focused on the images, memory and history of their country, Lebanon, its wars, its conflicts, its political battles. As photographers, video and film-makers, they have presented their works in exhibitions, collections of images and films.
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