A FIPRESCI Award winner at the last Berlinale (Full of melancholia, it is yet full of hope, the longing for a better future. Documentary cinema at its best, this is exciting, thrilling, encouraging, wrote the jury). In her directorial debut, Mary Jirmanus Saba deals with a forgotten revolution, saving from oblivion bloodily suppressed strikes at Lebanese tobacco and chocolate factories. These events from the 1970s, which held the promise of a popular revolution and, with it, of women's emancipation were pushed toward collective oblivion by the civil war. Rich in archival footage, this young director's film reconstructs the spirit of that revolt, which also provided an opportunity for revolutionary cinema. Saba belongs to a growing number of young artists who are making the most of archival footage, which they use to deconstruct accepted narratives and to fit the scattered pieces of historical puzzles into completely new patterns.
Before she started directing, Mary Jirmanus Saba studied Social Science and Geography in the United States. She was primarily interested in women's movements in the Middle East and Latin America that brought together farmers and workers. She has also studied images and depictions of uprisings, revolts, and guerrilla warfare in both regions. She spent several years in Latin America, where she worked in aid of agricultural communities. A Feeling Greater Than Love is her directorial debut.
2014 Mulahazat hawl al 'awdeh / Notes for a Return (short)
2017 Uczucie silniejsze niż miłość / A Feeling Greater than Love