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Carine Khalaf

Carine Khalaf

Director, scriptwriter

Carine Khalaf is a writer/director from Beirut. She completed her cinema studies in 2011 at ALBA university. Her graduation film Troubled Water premiered at BIFF (Lebanon).

She worked at Metropolis Art Cinema and MC Distribution as Head of Communication. During that time she was involved in various film festivals such as Beirut Animated and Beirut Cinema Days and in films such as “The Valley” by Ghassan Salhab and Academy Award-nominated The Insult by Ziad Doueiri.

At the moment, she has two short films in development: La7za, Jayi and The Other Side of the Lens which were nominated for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and were selected at the Doha Short Film Script Lab. She is also developing her first feature film Re-Birth which was selected at the Hezayah Feature Film Script Lab.


During the blast of August 4th in Beirut, Teyma’s house has been destroyed. While expecting her first child anytime soon, Teyma will go against all odds, by putting at sake her health and the health of her unborn baby to regain what has been taken from her… Her home.



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