Born in Lebanon, Jean-Claude Codsi started as an engineering student at Saint Joseph University.
He shifted then to film studies in Belgium and obtained a degree at the INSAS - Brussels.
He was Burhan Alawiyeh’s assistant on “Kafar Kassem” and editor of his docudrama films for Arte: “Letters from War,” “Letters from Exile,” and “Assouan.”
He wrote and directed his first feature film Ãna el Awãn (Time Has Come) in 1994. It is a homecoming story: Two people who had fled because of the war, return to Lebanon. The film chronicles their reconciliation with the past. Ãna el Awãn earned a Bayard (the jury award) at the Namur Francophone Film Festival. It has been shown in many festivals around the world. It is somehow “the first Lebanese post-war film.
” He has taught scriptwriting and film directing since 1997 at IESAV, the audiovisual Institute of Saint Joseph University in Beirut.
Insanon Charif (A Man of Honor) is his second feature film.