Ziad Doueiri

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Ziad Doueiri
Born1963 (age 55–56)
NationalityLebanese and French
Occupationfilm director and writer
Years active1990–present
Known forDirector of West Beirut and The Insult

Ziad Doueiri (Arabic: زياد دويري‎; born 1963)[1] is a Lebanese-born cinematographer, film director and writer. He is best known for his award-winning films West Beirut (1998) and The Insult (2017), a film nominated at the 90th Academy Awards representing Lebanon.


Doueiri left Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War to study in the United States.

Doueiri first gained notice from his work under Quentin Tarantino as camera assistant for movies that include Jackie Brown, From Dusk Till Dawn, Pulp Fiction, and Reservoir Dogs.[2]

Doueiri worked between Los Angeles and Beirut until not long after September 2011, after which he returned to work from Beirut.


Film name Year Genre Role Remarks
West Beirut 1998 Drama Director, writer Won the Prix François Chalais at the Directors' fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival in 1998.
Lila Says 2004 Drama Director, writer
Sleeper Cell 2005 Terror series Director Episode "Immigrant"
The Attack 2012 Drama, political thriller Director, writer An Arab surgeon in Tel Aviv discovers something about his wife after a suicide bombing; based on a novel by Yasmina Khadra[2]
Affaire Étrangère
(English title
Foreign Affairs)
2013 Drama, political thriller Director, writer French thriller that centers on a retired French diplomat (Gérard Depardieu), secretly sent by the Americans to negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian agreement[3]
Baron Noir
(English title
Republican Gangsters)
2016 Political drama Director French TV Series (8 episodes)
Nominated - ACS Award for Best Director
The Insult 2017 Drama Director, writer Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Personal life[edit]

Doueiri has expressed opposition to boycotts of Israel, and in 2013 defended his decision to shoot a film in Israel featuring Israeli actors.[4][5] In September 2017, he was questioned in Beirut after returning from the Venice Film Festival.[6] This was in regards to his film The Attack, which was shot in Israel.[6][7]

Doueiri's brother Rami Doueiri starred in West Beirut.


  1. ^ زياد دويري وفيلمه المثير للجدل «الهجوم»: قدمت وجهة نظر الاسرائيلي دعما لشرعية الموقف الفلسطيني
  2. ^ a b "Ziad Doueiri". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Tessalit involved in 'Affaire'". Variety. May 19, 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  4. ^ Lebanese Film Director Ziad Doueiri Defends Visit to Israel: Boycott Harms us, Not Israel, MEMRITV, Clip No. 3862, May 24, 2013.
  5. ^ Deadline Hollywood: ‘The Insult’s Ziad Doueiri Freed By Lebanon Court After Post-Venice Detention
  6. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (11 September 2017). "'The Insult' Director Ziad Doueiri Detained In Lebanon After Venice Win". Deadline. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Lebanese Director Ziad Doueiri Detained in Beirut, Cleared of Charges by Military Tribunal". Variety. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.

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