SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Directing, Producing and Filming in Middle Eastern Refugee Camps

  • Remote Pre-Production and Research

  • DSLR Camera Knowledge and Experience

  • Transcribing Footage

  • Booking and Conducting Interviews

  • Recording Audio

  • Avid Media Composer

  • Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint

  • Public Speaking

  • Problem-Solving Abilities

  • Multitasking On Location/ Working Solo when Needed

  • 3 Years Documentary Filmmaking Experience

  • Field Producing

  • Post Production Coordination

  • Own Gear and Equipment

  • Travelling and Producing Internationally/ Working with Fixers

  • Bilingual: Fluent in English and Arabic

  • Audio Translation and Subtitling

  • Mac and PC Proficient

  • Social Media Management

  • Knowledge of Lighting Equipment

  • Working With a Large Crew

  • Travel Experience (Over 20 countries and 50 cities)

 

EXPERIENCE

 

IFP Week Documentary Investor Meetings

09/2018

Volunteer

  • IFP Week is the place where industry insiders discover new talent and projects, featuring a curated selection of new documentaries in development from over 22 countries

  • As a volunteer, I had the opportunity to meet creators, financiers, distributors, producers, executives and festival programmers 

  • Ensured that over the 1500+ meetings that took place during the event ran smoothly and on-schedule

  • Worked to create a professional, warm and inclusive environment for all of IFP's Project Forum participants 

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Syria's Tent Cities Documentary

05/2017 - 07/2018

Director, Producer, Videographer, Sound, Editor

  • Directed, Produced, Edited and Filmed a multiple award winning documentary on education for Syrian Refugees and integration into host communities

  • Won 27 Awards for Syria's Tent Cities, including: Exceptional Merit Revolution and Reform Award ( Docs Without Borders Film Festival), Humanitarian Award of Distinction (The IndieFest Awards), Best Short Documentary (Albany FilmFest 2019), Best Director (Lyons Film Festival 2019) and Best Documentary of the Year (Top Shorts 2019)

  • Completed all pre-production for Jordan, Lebanon and Canada remotely from Los Angeles, prior to shooting on location

  • Worked with limited crew members on location in Middle Eastern Refugee Camps and Canadian schools in Ontario

  • Syria's Tent Cities has screened at over 13 festivals internationally

  • Booked and conducted interviews with Bassam Khawaja and Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch in Lebanon and Jordan, in addition to other international organizations working with refugees

  • Worked closely with temporarily and permanently resettled Syrian refugee families in Jordan, Lebanon and Canada

  • Remotely obtained shooting permits from Jordanian Government, Lebanese Government, Toronto District School Board and Thames Valley District School Board in London, Ontario

  • Directed and shot on location at Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan

  • Worked in informal refugee camps throughout Lebanon's Bekaa Valley

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KCETLink's Where Cultures Collide (3 Episodes)

09/2016 to 02/2017

Producer, Associate Producer, Additional Camera

 

  • A short web series, Where Cultures Collide explores the intersection of Southern California's diversity through five short documentaries created in a collaboration between KCETLink and the Documentary Department at the New York Film Academy

  • Wrote and produced Zaffa Episode about the traditions in Middle Eastern weddings being brought over to California and practiced across different cultures. Booked all interview subjects, researched topics, pre-produced interview questions, created crew call sheets, scouted all shooting locations and obtained filming permits in Los Angeles

  • Associate Producer on Polynesian Tattoo and Santeria episodes. Duties included researching interview questions, scouting talent to be featured in the episodes and camera work on location

  • Travelled to different parts of Southern California to film the episodes

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PCOS the Film

05/2016 - Current

Director, Producer,
Main Character,
Second Camera

 

  • Directed, Produced and starred in a work-in-progress documentary about PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome), an ovarian disorder that affects 1 in 10 women and causes a hormonal imbalance with side effects such as increased facial and body hair and inability to conceive

  • Arranged interviews and worked with social media celebrity Little Bear the Bearded Lady

  • Set up interviews and worked with Instagram celebrity Chelsea Gabriella (@VSGchelsea)

  • Interview and worked with Bariatric Surgeon Mohammed Al-Zaben

  • Travelled to Seattle, Virginia and Saudi Arabia to shoot

  • Responsible for all pre-production, production and most of post production

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  • Arabic to English translator for Unwelcome, the award winning short documentary film which screened at the Nobel Peace Center in Norway. Directed by Ida Theresa Myklebost.

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Unwelcome Documentary
(2017)

08/2016

Translator


  • DocuDay LA is IDA's annual all-day, back-to-back screening of the year's Oscar nominated documentary films

  • Duties included greeting filmmakers and guests, check in, seating and theater management, and venue set-up and breakdown.

  • As a volunteer at DocuDay, I had the opportunity to meet and network with award-nominated filmmakers and artists

International Documentary
Association

02/2017

IDA DocuDay Volunteer

 


  • Technical Assistant at the New York Film Academy, Documentary Department

  • Assumed all tasks and responsibilities expected of me by Documentary Department heads in order to help current students achieve their academic goals

  • Provided one-on-one assistance to students with Pre-Production and Production

 

 

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12/2017

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New York Film Academy | Battery Place, New York


  • Attended the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which consisted of a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as a Fellow

  • As a Fellow, I had access to and attended the discussions, panels, and master classes offered as well as the opportunity to network with a variety of filmmakers and artists

 

Full Frame Fellow

04/2017

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Full Frame
Documentary
Film Festival  
| Durham, NC