I am a filmmaker, writer and cultural anthropologist, currently finishing an interdisciplinary Phd in Anthropology, Film and Cultural Studies, between Concordia University (Montreal) and the EHESS (Paris). I also work for Google as a UX Researcher, which means that I conduct research with people on how they use and understand technology, what their needs are, what they struggle with, and why.
I am also a filmmaker and until now my films have mostly been fiction films exploring peripheral communities, the intersection of cultures, and making the "invisible" visible. My 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 I have made a few short films and have temporarily paused from working on my first feature film until my Phd is submitted, although it has won numerous awards in development, and is being produced by Ziad Touma of Couzin Films in Montreal. I am 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).
In a past life I 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. I have 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.
I have an MA in Film Studies from the University College London (2009) where I was awarded the Provost’s Award for Public Engagement for developing filmmaking workshops for youth in refugee communities in Lebanon and Palestine. I has a BA in Political Science from the University of Guelph in Canada.