Born in Lebanon, Jocelyne Saab was a director, writer, documentary filmmaker and photographer. The Lebanese Civil War threw the one-time television presenter and newsreader onto the front line as a war reporter. In 1975 she made her first feature-length documentary, the award-winning Lebanon in Turmoil, going on to make many critically acclaimed documentaries, filming in Lebanon, the Spanish Sahara, Egypt, Iran, Vietnam and Kurdistan. Her feature film debut Suspended Life (1985), shot in Beirut during the Civil War, was selected for Cannes. Award winning Dunia (2006), selected for Sundance, was her second feature.
The Asia Pacific Screen Academy expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial communities on whose land works are created and celebrated by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples continue to play in storytelling and celebration spaces.