Of Franco-Lebanese origin, Philippe Aractingi was born in 1964 in Beirut where he grew up. He has made more than 40 films, around the world, ranging from reports and documentaries to more personal films. A self taught and a humanist, Philippe Aractingi spent 12 years in France before returning to his native Lebanon to make Bosta, the country’s first post war musical. Bosta, a huge success in Lebanon and all over the Arab world, has been released over twenty countries. It was selected to represent Lebanon at the 2006 Academy Award. In July 2006, as war once again ravaged his country, Philippe AractingI reacted in the heat of the moment, by shooting his second feature film: UNDER THE BOMBS.