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Beiruty

Marhaba! I’m a writer, director and creative producer based between Amman and Berlin.

IN PREPRODUCTION

TELL THEM ABOUT US

A clique of Arab, Kurdish and Roma teenage girls navigate their way into womanhood in the German province. Seeking ways to overcome disguised discriminatation and familial pressures, the girls stage their conflicts and wildest dreams in front of the camera.

IN DEVELOPMENT

SHADOWS

At an over crowded airport, Ahlam, a 14-year old runaway mother, fights the lurking shadows that attempt to steal the only dream that will set her free.

ENCOUNTERING SAMIR

NUDAR

HALFWAY

ABOUT

I’m a writer, director and creative producer based between Amman and Berlin. Through my artistic research, I explore questions of ethics, representation and participatory filmmaking in documentary and animated films. When I’m not busy working on my projects, you’ll find me running Shaghab Films.

FILMOGRAPHY

2022 Tell Them About Us
feature documentary | 90’ | DE/JO | (in preproduction)
funded by: arte/RBB, MDR, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien BKM & Arab Fund for Arts and Culture

2022 Shadows
animated documentary | 10’ | FR/ JO | (in development)
funded by: Doha Film Institute, Jordan Film Fund

2020 Encountering Samir
short animation | 5’ | DE
funded by: Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Staatskanzlei Thüringen

2018 Nudar
short documentary | 20‘ | DE
funded by: Tribeca Film Institute

2017 Halfway
short animated documentary | 4‘ | DE
funded by: Bauhaus Kreativfonds

EDUCATION

Practice-based Ph.D. – Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
MA Media Arts and Design – Bauhaus University Weimar
BA Design and Visual Communication – German Jordanian University

AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS & RESIDENCIES

Fontevraud Residency (France, 2021 | Shadows), Haus Am See Residency (Germany, 2021 | Tell Them About Us), Arab Cinema Award at Cairo Film Connection (Egypt, 2020 | Tell Them About Us), Graduate Scholarship of  the Film University Babelsberg (Germany, 2019-), Winner of Mifa Animation du Monde (Lebanon, 2020 | Shadows ), Award for Best Pitch at Empfang der Filmhochschulen  (Germany, 2020 | Tell Them About Us), Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation – Nominations (2020 | Shadows, Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation (2018 | Encountering Samir), Winner of Best Elevator Pitch at Fajr International Film Festival (Iran, 2019 | Shadows), The Tribeca Film Institute – If/Then Competition grant at CPH:DOX, (2017 | Nudar), Special mention at Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung Nachwuchstag, (2017 | Nudar), ESP Jury Prize for the International Script Pitch at Interfilm Berlin, (2016 | Encountering Samir)

WORKSHOPS (SELECTION)

Berlinale Talents (Germany), Beirut Talents (Lebanon), Rotterdam Lab (Netherlands), Film Leader Incubator Asia (Korea, Thailand, Japan), Documentary Campus (Germany), Locarno Documentary School (Switzerland), Robert Bosch Film Prize (Egypt, Germany), ANIDOX:LAB (Denmark, Sweden), Talent Campus (Iran), Producers Guild of America PGA (Jordan), Interaction Camp (Serbia), Artivits for Change (Greece), Nisi Masa – European Short Pitch (Malta & Poland), Arab Animated Forum ITFS (Germany),  Film Independent (Egypt) and Ji.hlava Academy (Czech Republic).

TALKS & CONFERENCES

AG Animation “Political Animation – Animation Politics”- Symposium, 2021
Film University Babelsberg – Experimentelles Erzählen Seminar, 2021
Film University Babelsberg & GEECTTransversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film conference, 2021
Zurich University of the Arts  – “GADGETS, PHONES AND DRONES” conference, 2021
Women Make Film
– Panel discussion, 2020
FilmArche Berlin
– Documentary film workshop, 2020
Bauhaus University Weimar
– Migration/ Collaborative Filmmaking, 2017

PUBLICATIONS

“Towards a Participatory Approach: Reversing the Gaze when (re)presenting Refugees in nonfiction film”International Journal of Film and Media Arts (2020 Vol 5)

OTHER

DW Akademie’s Power of Images: Overcoming the crisis by constructive visual journalism” – Developed a training curriculum and materials in a co-creation process.

PRESS

Women Cinemakers Vol. 33Interview
Interfilm Berlin
Interview 

MEMBERSHIPS

CONTACT

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