Before Vanishing is Joude Gorani’s graduation project and her only directing experience to date. Gorani has a special and sharp understanding of cinema and life, which is clear in her only short film. She looks at the Bardy river, the river that has seen the rise of Damascus, the river which she, her family, writers and historians have used, with its floods and droughts, to reflect the life of Damascus. And now as the river is drying out, Gorani walks by its banks to discover life around it discretely and with absolutely no allegations.
Joude Gorani was born in Syria in 1980. After graduating from the FEMIS in 2005 with a degree in cinematography, Joude Gorani now lives and works in Syria. Before Vanishing is her graduation film. She has since worked as a cinematographer on documentaries such as Black Stones directed by Nidal el-Dibs, When I Evaporated directed by Camilla Magid and Dols by Diana Eljeroudi.