Rania Stephan is a filmmaker and artist based in Beirut.
Stephan graduated with degrees in Cinema Studies from Latrobe University, Melbourne and University of Paris VIII. She has worked as an assistant and editor on numerous films.
Her films, while crossing genres, display a long-running investigation of certain themes, such as the negotiation of personal and public archives, the relationships between still and moving images, and a focus on what she calls “the archaeology of images, identity, and memory.”
A partial filmography includes train-trains (Where’s the Track?) (1999), Lebanon/War (2006), Damage: for Gaza “The Land of Sad Oranges” (2009), and Samar Yazbek Interviewed (2013). Her first feature-length film, The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011), won the Artist Prize of the 10th Sharjah Biennale, the 2011 FID Marseille Renaud Victor Prize, and the Best Director award at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. Stephan’s work has been shown at MoMA PS1, New York (2012); Home Works, Beirut (2012 & 2015); Marian Goodman Gallery (2014), as well as numerous film festivals.
Stephan’s work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York and the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris.
The first part of her trilogy, Memories for a Private Eye, was released in 2015; she is currently working on parts two and three.