BBC Arabic Festival Director, Sheyma Buali, in conversation with Dina Naser, Mariakenzi Lahlou and Katia Jarjoura.
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The four short films selected by Sheyma as part of ‘Female Directors from Today’s Arab World’ programme will be available to watch online during Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2020.
A Jordanian director and producer of Palestinian roots, Dina Naser first graduated with a BA in Art and Graphic Design in 2003. And in 2013, Dina was granted the Docnomads scholarship program for Master Degree Documentary Filmmaking in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. Post graduating, she followed her passion for filmmaking, and worked her way through diverse TV and film productions. She then transitioned behind the camera, and began to independently direct and produce. Dina’s devotion for documenting is inspired by people who are seemingly ordinary, until you learn of their unsung circumstances, and by stories that spring from her homeland in Palestine. Her subjects are presented with poise and untainted perception, often touching on the veiled layers of certain communities and habitats.
A Lebanese-Canadian filmmaker, Katia Jarjoura directed several documentaries in the Middle-East (The Road to Kerbala, Goodbye Mubarak, Lebanon sitting on a Volcano) for the French-German channel ARTE. She also made two short fiction films: In their Blood (France 2 award at the Brest Film Festival, 2009) and Only Silence, that was broadcast on France 3. As a consultant and teacher, she conducted several short film workshops in the Middle East, among which in Iraq, in Libya and in Algeria. Katia is now based in Paris, where she works on several documentary and fiction projects.
Mariakenzi Lahlou is a young Moroccan screenwriter and filmmaker living in Rabat, Morocco. She has a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Cinema (Filmmaking and art) from the University of Paris 8. Through cinema she wants to reach, as much as possible, the universal, the human, to better understand some questions that are usually absorbed by a too often biased vision of our world, our time, and what comes from it. Al Nidae (The Calling), which she wrote, directed and produced, was her first professional short film.