Rindala Kodeih - I Used to Watch a Lot of Movies and Dreamt of Being Very Well-Known One Day (Africa Based Actor & Director)



Since I was a child, I used to watch a lot of movies and dreamt of being one day very well-known. I used to invent stories and express myself through music and painting. My dream came true after years, after long studies, and hard work to prove to myself first and then to others that nothing is impossible when we have faith and the Will


Tell us about your background and journey.

I am Lebanese, born in Africa (Benin) where I lived for 15 years, then I moved to Paris to continue my studies. I decided to come back to my country Lebanon and became an actress and Movie Director, after getting my Bachelor in Audio Visual and Theatre in 1997. 


I speak fluently 4 languages: French - English - Arabic - Spanish. I paint and write poetry.



How and when did you realize your passion for creating films?


Since I was a child, I used to watch a lot of movies and dreamt of being one day very well-known. I used to invent stories and express myself through music and painting. My dream came true after years, after long studies, and hard work to prove to myself first and then to others that nothing is impossible when we have faith and the Will. 

Filming is a passion for me. Through my work, I can translate my ideas and feelings, I can forward all good messages to people. It's great therapy.



What are the important skills one should have to be a successful Film Director?

To be a successful director, you need a strong personality, charisma, feelings, creativity, originality, passion for art, always updating with technology, seeking new and unique ideas, being a ' true ' person, seeing and feeling things differently...


Which film(s) do you appreciate the most for their cinematography?


I love the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar because in all his movies he talks about women. And his way of expressing their feelings. 

I love also Quentin Tarentino for his craziness and the great cinematography in his movies. And Steven Spielberg taking us always back to childhood. Each movie has its magic touch and effect on us.


For a complete outsider with inroads, what advice would you like to give?

My advice is, to be honest with your feelings, and your emotions. If you really love it and you are a hard worker, just do it. Nothing can stop you. Life is short and we live once. Be strong and Fulfil your dreams.



What has been the biggest learning from your job?

My biggest learning is that being a movie director is not a job, it's a passion. I breathe through my work. It makes me feel good and fulfilled. I love giving positivity and energy to people, telling them nice stories, letting them dream or learn. Life itself is a Movie. Why not doing our own movies stories...to escape from reality.


What is your mantra of success?

I have 2 mantras of success: - Have big dreams. You’ll grow into them. - Don’t be afraid to be great.


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Interviewed by - Ritika Malhotra

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