Leila Kanaan, the young Lebanese filmmaker, gives a new and innovative vision to the Middle Eastern industry with her fun, authentic and never boring work. Leila has worked with the region's top stars such as Nancy Ajram, Haifa Wahby and Yara to mention a few. Don't miss our interview with Leila, who is set to take the Middle East by a storm.
When did you decide to become a director?
I guess since the day my mother used to tell me stories and I would imagine the visual in mind. The first word i said even before mama was "ba3den?", because I always wanted to know what will happen next in these stories.
Describe yourself in three words...
Leila Kanaan: Perfectionist, sensitive and curious.
One of the proudest moments in your life would be...
The night I won 2 Murex D'Or for 2 music videos I directed.
Three things you can't live without?
My loving family, telling stories and traveling.
Your favorite quote?
"All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives." Dalai Lama.
Your all-time favorite movie?
That would have to be The Wizard of OZ.
Whose designs do you admire the most on an international level? And who are the Middle Eastern up and coming designers you support?
I can't name only one! There are so many styles I'm addicted to. As for the up and coming Middle Eastern designers I love the work of Shady Zeinelddine, Zoe, Moe Khadra, Missak HajiAvedikian, Krikor Jabotian and Diane Ferjane.
Personal work, finally!