Danielle Arbid (Arabic; دانيال عربيد ), born 26 April 1970 in Beirut, is a Lebanese film director.Arbid exiled Lebanon at the height of the civil war in 1987, at the age of 17, to study literature at a faculty of letters in Paris, France. She also studied journalism while working as a freelance French Journalist for five years, including writing Libération dailies. In 1997 her interests in journalism lead to a career in film making with the creation of short fiction Raddem (1998) and documentary Seule ave la guerre (1999). Having never studied film in school, Arbid says her inspiration comes from "art, photography, people in the street and of course film". Her first three Conversation de Salon I-III where featured at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and received the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. Interested in different narrative forms, her work alternates between; fiction, first person documentaries and video essays; with an experimentation of the intersecting of genres. She was one of the founding members of the Lebonese film festival Né à Beyrouth in 2001. Selected by a number of festivals in France and around the world, her films like "Alone with War" or "On Borders" and the "serie Living room conversations" have received both critical and public acclaim as well as several awards including the golden leopard and silver leopard at the Locarno film festival as well as the Albert Londres prize and a grant from the Villa Medicis.Her two feature films In the Battlefields and A Lost Man have successively been selected for the Quinzaine des réalisateurs at the Cannes film festival and many others. Her work has been the focus of several retrospective screenings, notably the Bastia festival in 2006, Paris Cinéma in 2007, and the 2007 Gijon festival, and at the La Rochelle festival in 2008.