I am a filmmaker, a feminist and an activist. I am French at heart but English on paper. I live in Paris, but if I could, I would live in Marseille or Beirut.
When I was 18, I dreamed of working in fashion: so I started a foundation year at Duperré Fashion school. While I was perfecting my styling skills, the migrant crisis started making headlines in Europe. The desire to know the reality behind these titles made me get on a train to the jungle of Calais. Over several days of volunteering on site, my camera by my side, I discovered my desire to use image to encourage socio-political change. I exhibited my work for the first time at gallery 39 in Montreuil. I was very nervous.
With a future as a photo journalist in mind, I joined the Gobelins school. In addition to internships at Doctors without borders Paris, Le Parisien, 6 months and Paris photo, I participated in the Vendôme student campus, Visa pour l’image, and won a Canon student competition. In 2018, thanks to an Olympus scholarship, I went to Lebanon.
Gone for 10 days; I stayed for three years.
I grew a lot in Lebanon.
After the explosion of the port of Beirut in August 2020, I participated in emergency collection campaigns for period poverty. Seeing this as a structural problem requiring holistic responses, I founded the ‘Jeyetna’ initiative, which is part of an intersectional feminist struggle against menstrual poverty. With a team of 9 women, we organized 12 festivals between the end of July and mid-August 2021 in the form of mobile cinema. During each event, we broadcast my first feature film ‘Jeyetna’ (10 stories of menstrual precariousness in Lebanon), in addition to running awareness sessions, talking circles and distributing reusable and disposable products.
Photography showed me the transformative power of the image. It sharpened my gaze, taught me to play with light. But it is too static for my taste.
Video is now my favorite tool, it allows me to make intersectional feminist documentaries, while ensuring a social impact for the populations concerned.