From Lebanon to San Miguel de Allende, jubilation came to the “Jardín Principal”.
The XXI edition of the Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) celebrated the work of Ghassan Salhab, who did not stop smiling and thanking everybody for the recognition to his work on behalf of the Mexican people.
The history of Lebanon and Mexico is broad, because it features innumerable contributions to the national cinema, and how it became the refuge of thousands of Lebanese who left their country because of political conflicts.
Both Ghassan and members of the Lebanese diplomacy, were grateful to be able to travel to Mexico and to know him beyond his cinematographic work.
Ghassan Salhab is a Lebanese screenwriter, film director, and producer.
Salhab was born in Dakar, Senegal to Lebanese parents. In Addition to making his own films, Salhab collaborates on various scenarios in Lebanon and in France, and teaches film at ALBA and USJ. He has directed five feature films: Beyrouth Fantome, Terra Incognita, The Last Man, The Mountain and The Valley.
He has also made numerous short films and videos, including: Posthume, Narcisse Perdu, My living body, my dead body, La Rose de Personne, Afrique Fantome, and Apres la Mort. He has published his texts and articles in Various magazines. His fourth feature film, 1958 Autoportrait d’hier, was screened at Cinema Metropolis / Empire Sofil on 4 May 2009.