Wissam Charaf is an award-winning filmmaker from Lebanon. He graduated from the University of Scranton in the United States with a degree in Media and Communications, before returning to his home country to pursue his passion for filmmaking.
His first feature film, 'Where Do We Go Now?', was released in 2011 and went on to become an international success, winning the Grand Prize at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2011, as well as the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2012.
The film tells the story of a small, isolated village in the Middle East, where the inhabitants must come to terms with their differences and struggles as they attempt to maintain a peaceful coexistence. Charaf expertly crafts an emotionally charged and deeply moving story, while managing to address some of the region's most pressing issues.
In 2015, Charaf released his second feature film, 'The Insult'. The narrative centres on two men from different backgrounds, whose altercation escalates to a court case that will decide the fate of both men. The film was a critical and commercial success, winning the Audience Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2017.
Charaf has also worked on several short films, as well as producing and directing documentaries. He has been recognised for his work by several international organisations, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who awarded him the Student Academy Award for 'The Insult' in 2017.
Wissam Charaf is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, whose work has captivated audiences across the world. His films are poignant and thought-provoking, and his unique perspective has allowed him to produce some of the most moving and meaningful stories of our time.