The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni | اختفاءات سعاد حسني الثلاثة

Directed by Rania Stephan daily at 15:00, 17:00, and 19:30

Lebanon - 2011 - 70' - B&W and Colour - In Arabic with English Subtitles

Rania Stephan
rania Stephan
Produced by :
Joun Films, AFAC, Sharjah Art Foundation
Associate Producers :
the postoffice, forward film productions
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The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni is a rapturous elegy to a rich and versatile era of film production in Egypt which has lapsed today, through the work of one of its most revered actress and star: Soad Hosni, who from the early 1960 into the 90s, embodied the modern Arab woman in her complexity and paradoxes.

Director's biography


Born in Beirut – Lebanon, Rania Stephan graduated with a degree in Cinema Studies from Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia and a graduate degree in Cinema Studies from Paris VIII University, France. Her career in film production has been long and diverse. She has worked as a sound engineer, camera person, editor and first assistant with renowned filmmakers including Simone Bitton (Rachel, Wall, Citizen Bishara) and Elia Suleiman (Divine Intervention). Her work ranges from creative videos to raw documentaries. “The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni” is her first feature film.



Tribe (1993)
Attempt at Jealousy (1995)
Baal & Death (1997)
train-trains (Where’s the Track?) (1999)
Arrest at Manara (2003)
Kimo the Taxi (2003)
Wastelands (2005)
Lebanon/War (2006)
Smoke on the water, 7 X El Hermel (2007)
DAMAGE, for Gaza “The land of Sad Oranges” (2009)
The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011).

festivals & awards



* Artist prize at the Sharjah Art Foundation’s Sharjah Biennale X – UAE – March 2011
* Renaud Victor Prize at the 22nd FID-Marseille Festival International de Cinema – France – July 2011
* Best Arabic Documentary Filmmaker Award – 3rd Doha Tribecca International Film Festival – Qatar – October 2011


** Beirut Premiere Screening at the Metropolis Theater part of the Ashkal Alwan Video Works – Lebanon – 21rst May 2011
** Serpentine Gallery London Special Screening at the Gate Theater, part of the Edgeware Road Project – London – UK – 11th July 2011
** MoMA New York – USA – October 2011
** Underdox Film Festival – Munich – Germany – September 2011
** Palm Springs International Film Festival – USA – January 2012
** International Film Festival Rotterdam – Netherland – January 2012
** International Film Festival Göteberg – Sweden – January 2012