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A Hero Never Dies: Wissam Charaf

010_03 / 13 July 2016


Wissam Charaf

A Hero Never Dies, 2006

5 mins 28 secs


July, 2006. Beirut is being bombed by the Israeli aviation.


I pay visit to Mazen, a musician, who lives on the outskirts of the bombed area. He's waiting for shells to fall to play his trumpet.


Will there be a bombing tonight?


This selection of films, curated Jim Quilty, is presented on Ibraaz in collaboration with the Beirut Art Center.

About the author

Wissam Charaf

Wissam Charaf is a Lebanese/French autodidact director based between Paris and Beirut. After working in pirate radio at the end of the Lebanese civil war in the late 80s, he left for Paris in 1998. There he worked as a news cameraman and editor for the French channel ARTE. He has since covered major conflict areas ranging from Lebanon and the Near East to Darfour, Afghanistan, and North Korea. During that period, he also worked as an assistant director on music videos (Sinead O'Connor, Asian Dub Foundation and Noir Desir among others) with French director Henri-Jean Debon.


He has directed four short films: Hizz Ya Wizz (2005), A Hero Never Dies (2006), An Army of Ants (2007), and After, as well as a feature documentary It's all in Lebanon (2011). These films have participated in festivals such as Locarno, Belfort, Clermont-Ferrand, Visions du Reel, Carthage, Rotterdam, Dubai and many more.


Heaven Sent (2016), which premiered in the ACID selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, is his first feature film.