During her childhood in Beirut, the young Lebanese filmmaker created stories while watching people in traffic, imagining their lives and conversations. Jessy Moussallem pursued her inclination for storytelling in film school at the Lebanese Academy of Arts, finishing as valedictorian of her class in 2010, with a short film that also won first prize at the European Film Festival.
After completing several filmmaking workshops in Paris and Barcelona, she returned to Beirut determined to follow passions. Combining inspirations of dance and fashion, she shot her film “Danse à deux temps” in Lebanon with a shoestring budget and crazy energy. Jessy put the film online on Vimeo, and in a few hours “Danse à deux temps” was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick – the first award of its kind in Lebanon.
Recently, she wrote and directed a music video, “Roman,” for pop band Mashrou’ Leila – a narrative that included one hundred women in an ode to the strength and grace of ongoing feminist action in the Middle East. Again, the video was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick, trended as number one on Youtube, and received international recognition.
In this young woman, Jessy Moussallem, there is a rich contrast of eastern and western experiences, passion, and determination prevailing. Elegance and mastery characterize her work’s fluid completion, full of emotion and freedom.