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Healing in Beirut: Filmmaker Jude Chehab on Grassroots Relief Efforts Following the Port Explosion

Jude Chehab

Photo: Protesters in downtown Beirut after the tragic explosion on August 4, 2020. (Hiba Al Kallas /
Interviewed by Paola C. Messina
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Lebanese/American filmmaker Jude Chehab describes her experiences of the August 4th explosion in Beirut, recent protests in the city, and how these events lead her and others to organize grassroots rebuilding and transparent relief efforts in the Lebanese capital. 

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Jude Chehab
Jude Chehab

Lebanese/American filmmaker based between NYC and Beirut

Jude Chehab is a Lebanese/American filmmaker, whose early career work has landed awards, screening in film festivals worldwide. Her credits include collaborations with Refinery29, She Said Films, The Players Tribune, Oxfam GB, and Doctors Without Borders. She was part of Abbas Kiarostami’s last student group in Cuba, where she worked on a piece under his guidance. She was part of the North Star Residency at CIFF and is both a CAAM and NeXtDoc fellow.

Jude's richly visual and intimate personal shooting style has illuminated issues close to her heart including the refugee crisis and female empowerment. She has recently worked as a DP on films in Somalia, Sudan and Pakistan and as an AP on Sesame Street’s newest show for Syrian refugees. Jude is currently in early production on her first feature documentary based in Lebanon and supported by IDA, ITVS, TFI and Sundance. She is based between NYC and Beirut.  

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