i was born in beirut. i grew up during the civil war. when bombs would be raining outside our home, we'd be sitting inside watching films. hollywood films, bollywood films, turkish films and arabic films.
we fled to sweden. here i watched the films i had missed: european, scandinavian, independent and arthouse films.
i studied practical filmmaking at stockholm film school and film theory and history at stockholm university. i moved to london to study fiction direction at the national film & television school where I was taught by stephen frears.
my graduation film 'bilingual', a vulgar culture clash comedy, was shown in film festivals around the world, won a couple of major awards and was screened on french and german national tv.
i am represented for commercials and virals in the uk by texture films
to see more of my films go to youtube.com/chamounissa
to see more of my filmic experiments go to youtube.com/chamounsprivate