“It does not get easier up there in the mountains […]. They tell me it’s beautiful and I smile and nod and these images from my memory fill my head but I don’t know how to speak them. So I remain silent.”
Born in Dakar, Senegal. In addition to making his own films and video works, Ghassan Salhab collaborates on various scenarios in Lebanon and in France, and teaches film in Lebanon.
Ghassan Salhab has directed six feature films:
Beyrouth Fantôme (1998), Terra Incognita (2002), Le dernier home/Atlal (2006), 1958 (2009), La montagne (2011), La vallée (2014)
All films have been selected in various international film festivals — in addition to numerous short films and videos, including Everybody know this is nowhere – diptych; Le massacre des innocents – triptych; (Posthume); Narcisse Perdu; My living body, my dead body; La Rose de personne; Baalbeck (co-directed with A. Zaatari and M. Soueid); De la séduction (co-directed with N. Khodor); Afrique Fantôme; Après la Mort.
In 2010, La Rochelle International Film Festival and JC Carthage made a tribute to his films.
He has also published his texts and articles in various magazines, and a book, “fragments du Livre du naufrage” (Amers Editions) in 2012.