Sabah Haider is a filmmaker, writer and cultural anthropologist, currently finishing an interdisciplinary Phd in Anthropology, Film and Cultural Studies, between Concordia University in Montreal and the EHESS in Paris.
Her fiction films explore peripheral communities, the intersection of cultures, and making the "invisible" visible. Her Phd research interests encompass media industries, digital culture, interactive film and media, sensory ethnography, subaltern archives, narrative cartography, and “history from below”.
As a filmmaker she has made a few short films and has temporarily paused from working on her first feature film until her Phd is submitted, although it has won numerous awards in development, and is being produced by Ziad Touma of Couzin Films in Montreal. She is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's Cineplex Entertainment Program (2016), Berlinale Talents (2014) and the Torino Film Lab and Dubai International Film Festival's Interchange program (2011).
Previously Haider worked as a journalist and editor between London, Dubai and Beirut, and contributed articles and analysis on politics, film and business in the Middle East for a range of international publications including Le Monde Diplomatique, the Christian Science Monitor, Gulf Business and many others. Haider has also taught and T/A'd Screenwriting, Film Production, Cinemas of the Middle East, Arab Cinema, Film Sound and Film Theory at the American University in Dubai, LUMS, and Concordia University in Montreal.
Haider holds an MA in Film Studies from the University College London (2009) where she was awarded the Provost’s Award for Public Engagement for developing filmmaking workshops for youth in refugee communities in Lebanon and Palestine. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Guelph in Canada.