Her work focuses on social and cultural stories about Lebanon, her biggest heartache and sincerest inspiration. Bdeir was born in Canada, where her parents traveled to escape the Lebanese civil war. They later moved back to Beirut, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut.
In 2016, Bdeir received her MFA in writing and directing from Tisch School of the Arts where she received a full scholarship on her third year. Her pre-thesis film Meshkal (English title: Kaleidoscope), has traveled to film festivals in France, Morocco, Pakistan, Mexico, Czeck Republic, India and many more. It has won a few notable awards including "Award of Excellence" at the 2014 Canada International film festival and "Golden Palm" at the 2014 Mexico International Film Festival. Bdeir, now a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, is now touring the festival circuit with her latest short film Bil Abyad (English title: In White) which had its world premiere at the 2017 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
In White, which received the Spike Lee production grant as well as the 2016-2017 Riese award, is a proof of concept for her first feature film which she is currently in development for.
Ginger Beirut is a production company for feature and short films, documentaries, music videos, video installations and public service announcements founded by Abla Khoury and Lara Shekerdjian in early 2010. They are involved in every aspect of the production process, from line producing to co-production. Their extensive experience in the Lebanese film scene makes Ginger Beirut one of the few companies solely dedicated to cinematic production in the region. Since their establishment in early 2010, Ginger has undertaken the production of a growing number of films with varied requirements and increasingly ambitious scope. Their work includes Route du Nord (Dir. Carlos Chahine), Where Do We GoNow? (Dir. Nadine Labaki *Cannes, TIFF 2011*), Scam (a video installation by Khalil Joreige and Joanna Hadjithomas), Love and Time (a video installation by Akram Zaatari), The Valley (Dir. Ghassan Salhab *TIFF*), Halal Love (Dir. Assad Fouladkar *Sundance 2016*) among many others.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Christopher Aoun has started early on with his career in the visual world. Son of Int’l photographer Carlos Aoun and his assistant from the age of 13, he started developing and maturing a visual sensibility that got him at 17 yrs old his first assignment to do the photography of a national billboard campaign for a regional brand. Having a cinematographic vision, he decided to further his scope and follow his vision which led him to the prestigious school of film & Television HFF Munich in Germany where he specialized in cinematography. From there on, Christopher has been refining his style and following his inspirations in different places of the world. He operates mainly between NYC, Berlin, Munich and South India where he is finalizing a feature film started a year ago with awards winning Directors Franziska Schönenberger & Jayakrishnan Subramanian. He is currently collaborating on a Lebanese feature film directed by Philippe Aractingi, and has other project on the short and medium run.
Nanou Ghanem, is an award-winning production designer and art director based in Beirut. Born in 1982, she graduated from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in 2004 with a degree in filmmaking. Known for blending poetry with space, Nanou then started working as a freelance art director on multiple commercials, one of which has won the prestigious Dubai Lynx prize for art direction (DU directed by Ali Ali). She has also worked on many narrative feature films and some documentaries including The Road by Rana Salem (winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival), The Ugly One by Eric Baudelaire (nominated for a Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival), Beit El Baher by Roy Dib (Teddy Award for Best Short Film - Berlinale, Berlin 2014), Tarmontane by Vatche Boulghourian and Un Concert by Nadim Tabet.
Hass Idriss started painting at the age of 11, and by 1997 he had his first solo fine art exhibition. At 18 he moved to London to pursue his studies in Central Saint Martins, where he immersed himself in the world of fashion and worked with David LaChapelle, Marie Amelie Sauve and Alexander McQueen; among others. He launched his first collection during London Fashion week in February 2009. Hass is currently based in Beirut growing his couture clientele in the region and around the globe.
Lara Mae Khamis is a Beirut based independent Costume Designer and Wardrobe Stylist. Born in Canada, Lara Mae moved to Beirut to join Esmod University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and Pattern Drafting in 2012. Soon after completing her studies, she began to work as a pattern drafter for a small local clothing line while also working as an independent designer for a few private clients. She later began working as a costume designer and wardrobe stylist for an array of clients in the Advertising and Entertainment industries. In 2014, Lara Mae began styling on independent feature films such as “Very Big Shot” by Mir Jean Bou Chaaya and assisted on “Halal Love” by Assad Fouladkar. In 2015, She worked on “Tramontane”, a feature film by director Vatche Boulghourjian as a Costume Designer followed by “Le Voyageur”, a feature film by director Hadi Ghandour as a Wardrobe Supervisor in Beirut. She then worked on “The Beach House” directed by Roy Deeb followed by “Joud” directed by Philiippe Aractingi. Lara Mae is currently working on a few independent short films.