Lebanese-Canadian origin, Katia Jarjoura is a filmmaker and Middle East specialist. Based in Paris since 2010, she has covered several conflict zones, including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Gaza, Afghanistan and Yemen, and has produced several reports and documentaries for the Franco-German channel ARTE. Her most acclaimed films include Entre Deux Fronts (Best Lebanese Film at the Ayyam al Cinemaiyya Festival in Beirut), L'Appel de Kerbala, (Figra and FIPA 2004), Goodbye Moubarak (Best Film at the Beirut International Film Festival), Liban, de fracture en fracture (screened at the Prix Bayeux des Correspondants de Guerre 2014). She has also directed two short fiction films: Dans le Sang on the legacy of the civil war in Lebanon (France 2 Prize at the Brest Festival, 2009) and Seul le Silence on the violence of exile among Syrian refugees (broadcast on France 3, 2018). Katia is also a script consultant, a reader at the CNC and the Doha Film Institute, and a speaker at training workshops (Cinémathèque française, le Grec, le Socle). In 2022, she directed a creative documentary, Les Échappées, about Syrian artists exiled in Europe, which was selected in competition at FIPADOC. She is currently developing two projects: a documentary adaptation of Lebanese writer Charif Majdalani's text "Beyrouth 2020, journal d'un effondrement", conceived as part of the Fémis 2022 documentary workshop, and a feature-length fiction film "Braquer Beyrouth", about the consequences of the banking collapse in Lebanon.

Braquer Beyrouth

In Beirut, Selma, 27, decides to rob her bank with the help of an action collective. She wants to get back the 30,000 dollars in her account that have been confiscated by the banking system since the beginning of the economic collapse. It's her last resort to save her sister, who has brain cancer. But the robbery takes an unexpected turn and sets the world on fire...


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