Mounia Akl


Under the imminent threat of Lebanon’s 2015 garbage crisis, Hala, a wild child inside of a woman, is the only one to refuse evacuation, clinging to whatever remains of home.

Mounia Akl, Clara Roquet

 Director of Photography
Joe Saade

 Film Editing
Mounia Akl

 Film School
Columbia University in the city of New York

Cyril Aris, Jinane Chaaya

Yumna Marwan, Julian Farhat, Adel Chahine


Mounia Akl
Director's Biography
Mounia Akl

Mounia Akl is a director and writer from Lebanon living between Beirut and New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from ALBA and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. Apart from directing, Mounia has taught Directing and Screenwriting at Columbia University, and at Northwestern University, Chicago. Her previous work includes fiction films Stream, Christine, EVA, Series BILY, web series Fasateen and recently Lights, an omnibus feature film directed by six directors, including herself. Her films were screened at major film festivals and her latest film, Submarine, was in the official selection of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in the Cinefondation category. She recently finished editing Clara Roquet’s film El Adios which premiered in the Toronto International Film Festival. Submarine was awarded the James Bridges production grant and is a short film that explores the story of the feature film she is currently writing and which she plans to direct in the near future.