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Mai Masri

Mai Masri


Film Director


Interchange Participant 2011


Mai Masri is a Palestinian filmmaker who studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University (USA) where she graduated with a BA degree.

She founded Nour Productions in 1995 with her husband, filmmaker Jean Chamoun and directed several documentaries that received over 60 international awards including the Trailblazer Award at Mipdoc Cannes (2011) and the Luchino Visconti Award in Italy (2004).

Her films were screened on more than 100 television stations worldwide including PBS, BBC, Channel 4, France 2, France 3, SBS, RTBF, YLE, RTP, ZDF, NHK, GLOBO, RAI TV, and Al-Jazeera Documentary Channel,. Filmography includes: 33 DAYS (2007), Beirut Diaries (2006), Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001), Children of Shatila (1998), A Woman of Her Time (1995), Children of Fire (1991), Suspended Dreams (1992), War Generation - Beirut (1989), Wildflowers (1987), Under the Rubble (1983). Mai also produced Jean Chamoun’s: In the Shadows of the City (2000), Hostage of Time (1994), Women Beyond Borders (2004), Longing of the Laurel (2008), and Lanterns of Memory (2009).