Dania Bdeir is a Lebanese writer & director with an intense love/hate relationship with Lebanon which is her biggest heartache and sincerest inspiration.
Bdeir was born in Canada, where her parents traveled to escape the Lebanese civil war. After the war, they moved back to Beirut, where Bdeir 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.
Here a sneak peak from her short film IN WHITE
The film premiered at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival and continues to hit the festival circuit. In White was selected by Spike Lee to receive a production grant. In White will serve as a proof of concept for Bdeir's first feature film which she is currently in development for.
Her film, Meshkal (English title: Kaleidoscope), has traveled to film festivals in France, Morocco, Pakistan, Mexico, Czech Republic, India and many more. It has won awards including "Award of Excellence" at the 2014 Canada International film festival and "Golden Palm" at the 2014 Mexico International Film Festival.
Dania's short film Kaleidoscope will be screened at the upcoming GUM Director's Showcase curated by Assal Ghawami at Roxy Cinemas Tribeca. The showcase is part of the Whitney Houston Biennial 2017- the all-female artshow by artist Finley Christine.
"I have a distinct memory of telling my mother a story one day. As I excitedly went on and on, I saw her attention drift away. When I called her out on it, Instead of reassuring me that she was listening, my mother told me that I'm the one who lost her attention and that I should work on my elevator pitch. I was 9 years old at the time.
And that is my mother: a woman who never accepted anything less than the best and who made sure I never took anything for granted. Although it wasn't always easy growing up with such high standards, I realize now that a lot of who I am, I owe to her.
A firm believer that one can do everything in life, she's always lead by example.
A mother to 4 daughters, an award winning banker and an elegant socialite, constantly dealing with problems & wars as they arise in the tumultuous setting of Beirut, she is the definition of a superwoman and she inspires me every day."
Randa Bdeir is the Assistant General Manager and the head of the Electronic Banking & Card Services at Bank Audi in Lebanon.
Since she joined the Bank in 2004, Bdeir grew its card business to rank 1st in Lebanon, and 8th among MENA credit card issuers.
Prior to joining Bank Audi, Bdeir was the Marketing and Business Development Director at Fransabank for 11 years. Among her accomplishments in that period are pioneering the introduction of the card-issuing business in the Lebanese and Syrian markets in 1994 and inventing the internet card in 1997, for which she received numerous awards.
Bdeir became the first Arab woman to be a member of the Board of Directors of MasterCard Worldwide for the Middle East & Africa region, and in 2008 was ranked among the top 70 Arab women by Sayidati magazine. She was also elected as a “MasterCard Champion” for contributing considerably to MasterCard’s business growth.
Dania's soulful perspective on the world is much needed in times like this and we hope to see much more from this extremely talented filmmaker!