Mai Masri: Biography Babylon 2009


Writer/Director

Project Title: PRISON DIARIES

Mai Masri is an award-winning Palestinian filmmaker who earned her Bachelor's degree in film from San Francisco State University. Her films have won more than 50 international awards and have been broadcast on 100 television stations around the world. Filmography includes: 33 DAYS (2007) Won Best Documenatry Award, Valladolid Film Festival, Spain, Nominated for Best Documentary, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia 2008; Special Tribute, alKassaba film Festival, Palestine, Special Mention, Tetouan Mediterranean film festival. BEIRUT DIARIES: Truth, Lies and Videos (2006) Best Documentary, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia 2007, First Prize Institut du Monde Arabe film festival, Paris: Special Tribute, Ismailia Film Festival, Egypt.); FRONTIERS OF DREAMS AND FEARS (ITVS, 2001) * won 14 international awards including: First Prize, International Women's Film Festival in Torino, Italy; First Prize Biennale des Cinemas Arabes, Paris, First Prize at Ismailia Film Festival; Golden Sun Award, Environmental Film Festival, Barcelona Spain, Special Jury Award at Beirut International Film Festival, Earth Vision Award, Tokyo. CHILDREN OF SHATILA (1998, Ch 4) won Best Director and Best Camera at ASF Festival, London 1999, Nominated for the Amnesty International Award; HANAN ASHRAWI: A WOMAN OF HER TIME (1995, BBC) Won Best Overseas Production at the One World Media Awards, UK. Won Best Documentary CMCA, Palermo and the Award of the Public at IMA festival in Paris; CHILDREN OF FIRE (BBC2) won First Prize at Cairo Film Festival (1995) and Public Award at Feminin Pluriel in France. She also co-directed with her husband, filmmaker Jean Chamoun: SUSPENDED DREAMS (1992, BBC) won First Prize at FIMA in Paris and Gold Award at Damascus Film Festival WAR GENERATION-BEIRUT (1989, BBC) won Bronze Award at the US National Educational film festival; WILD FLOWERS won Special Jury Award at Valencia, Spain and Critics award at Carthage; UNDER THE RUBBLE (1983) won Special Jury Award at Valencia Film Festival. She also produced: IN THE SHADOWS OF THE CITY (2000) feature film directed by Jean Chamoun, won Cannes Junior Jury award, Al-Andalous Satellite Award in Tetouan and Special distinction at Carthage; HOSTAGE OF TIME (1994) directed by Jean Chamoun, won Silver Award at Cannes FIPA Festival and Special Jury Award at Ismailia Festival. WOMEN BEYOND BORDERS (2004), Directed by Jean Chamoun, produced by Misr International Films/Marianne Khoury. Won Best documentary, Al-Jazeera International festival, Doha, 2006. Special Jury Award at Assila Film Festival, Morocco, and Carmona Festival, Spain, 200.4



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