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The Blue Star

Spring Grants 2018
Current project status: COMPLETED

Valentin Noujaïm / Short Documentary / Lebanon, France, Qatar / 2020 / 25 min / Original Language: Arabic, French / Interests: Experimental


It all happened one dark night. The Man was tired of being a stranger, tired of being insulted by others simply because he speaks Arabic to a wife who speaks French with their beloved mixed-race son. He looked at the sky and shouted. But that night, far in the cosmos, a voice answered. Combining archive documents and collages to create a blend between diary and science-fiction, Valentin Noujaïm retraces the history of his family.


Valentin Noujaïm
Valentin Noujaïm
Orane Gibier, Jowe Harfouche

About the Director

Valentin Noujaïm was born in France in 1991 to parents from Egypt and Lebanon. After studying political sciences, Noujaïm worked as assistant director and co-writer for the documentary ‘THF Central Airport’ by Karim Aïnouz. (Berlinale Panorama, 2018). Between 2018 and 2019, Valentin made his first experimental documentary, ‘Before She Forgets Heliopolis’, and in 2019 he wrote and directed his second short film ‘The Blue Star’, which was financed by the Doha Film Institute and AFAC. In his short and feature film projects, Valentin brings to life marginal characters, in a fantasized, almost surreal world, rich with social and postcolonial issues.

Awards and Festival History


Visions du Reel 2020 (WP – online edition)


  • Main Contact

    Valentin Noujaïm

    +33 633748931

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