Ali Khechen Advisor First Cut Lab


Editor & Filmmaker (Lebanon)


Born in Beirut in 1975, he obtained his Diploma in Audiovisual Directing from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) in 1998 and graduated from La Femis (Paris) in Film and Video Editing in 2000.

He teached film and video editing and documentary film-making at ALBA for six years. And since 2011 he has been teaching Film editing and directing (fiction and documentary) at Lebanese University, in addition to supervising graduation films.

He is also a member of the cultural association for the development of Arab cinema, Beirut DC.


Simon El Habre has built a strong reputation in Lebanon and the Middle East as an editor and director. He has edited many award winning short and feature fictions and documentary films.

In 2008, he wrote, produced and directed a full-length documentary, The One Man Village. The movie was highly acclaimed by festivals, press and audiences internationally. It was screened at more than 30 festivals, including Berlinale, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Jeonju International Film Festival and Vision du RĂ©el.


The film also received many awards among them the Best International Feature award at HotDocs 2009 and the Special Jury Award at the Dubai International Film Festival 2008.

In 2011, he directed his second full-length documentary, Gate #5. The movie also participated in many Arab and international film festival.