We’ve previously compiled several lists of famous celebrities with Lebanese roots. But with a famously large concentration in Canada, the accomplishments of our expats in mastering the visual arts aren’t restricted to Hollywood. Who knew having a fanned out community would make us this proud?!
Here is a list of 8 authors, playwrights, and filmmakers of Lebanese descent or origin who are based in Canada:
Aside from the several awards and Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film for the movie version of ‘Incendies’, Mouawad was honored with the title of Knight of the Order National des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.
He was also honored with the title of Officer of the Order of Canada by the Canadian government “for his contributions as a writer, actor, stage director, and playwright, known internationally for the quality and scope of his theatrical creations.”
Raised in Montreal, this mixed Lebanese Canadian actor is a director’s dream-catch; He is a tri-lingual performer, incredibly versatile, and has impressive acting chops, not to mention the fact that he’s easy on the eyes.
Arsinée Khanjian is a Lebanese-Armenian of Canadian nationality, born on September 6, 1958, in Beirut, Lebanon. She is an actress and producer, known for Ararat (2002), Exotica (1994) and The Captive (2014).
She also stars in The Sweet Hereafter (1997), a film produced by her husband Atom Egoyan, who would go on to earn two Oscar nominations for the film.
Amber Fares is a Lebanese Canadian filmmaker, documentarian, director, and cinematographer, currently based in Ramallah, Palestine. Her first feature-length documentary, Speed Sisters, follows the all-female Palestinian racing team and tackles issues of gender and Palestinian life under occupation.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1974, Ziad Touma is a Lebanese Canadian film director, producer, and screenwriter based in Montreal, in La Belle Province of Quebec, Canada. He is the founder of the film, television, and digital media production company Couzin Films.
Born to a Lebanese mother, Ann-Marie MacDonald is a successful playwright, novelist, actress and broadcast host who also lives in Montreal, Canada. Her first novel, Fall on Your Knees, won her the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was selected by Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club.
MacDonald hosted the successful CBC documentary series Life and Times for seven seasons and CBC’s flagship documentary program, Doc Zone for eight. She also appeared in the films I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing and Better Than Chocolate, among others.