I'm a 25-year-old documentary filmmaker and writer with a focus on forced migration, women's rights and environmental issues.
Pachamama (2016), my first documentary, investigated how an indigenous population in the Bolivian Andes were being impacted by climate change. The film premiered at Chatham House, London and was awarded the ‘Bronze’ prize at the Handle Climate Change Festival in China. It has also been screened across schools in the UK.
In April 2018 I was named a Rising Director by the Indie Training Fund and made Would We Care Then? a verbatim documentary about debt-bondage and race, which premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2018.
I am currently directing Bins, Bombs and Women (exp 2018), a documentary that follows Rabab and her three girlfriends, as they attempt to form a recycling partnership between two neighbourhoods with a history of extreme tension and sectarian violence in Tripoli, Lebanon. The teaser was screened in January 2018 at Bertha DocHouse, Curzon in London. It is produced with the support of One World Media and Projet Imagine.
My articles have appeared in The Guardian, VICE, VICE Impact, Broadly, WIRED, The Independent, Refugees Deeply, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), The Riveter Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Stereoscope Magazine, The Daily Star (Lebanon) among other publications.
In January 2017, I worked and reported from Somalia and Ethiopia, where I was one of the first journalists on the ground to cover the drought and, specifically investigate its impact on internally displaced women. During my time there I also reported on young Somali men's fight to end female-genital mutilation (FGM). I later moved to Beirut to report on environmental, social and political issues for The Daily Star (Lebanon). In July 2017, I reported from the South Sudan-Uganda border, where I investigated how refugees and locals were using green entrepreneurship to reduce conflict within host-communities. I have also reported on women's rights issues in Rajasthan, India and worked on various projects related to refugees and technology. In November 2016, for example, she chaired a panel discussion with Muzoon Almellehan from the Malala Foundation on education in refugee camps and technology at the WIRED 2016 Next Generation event.
I graduated with a Masters in Arabic and International Relations from the University of St Andrews in June 2016, where I specialised my research on the impact of war on water resources in Syria, and, in 2015, sex-trafficking in Iraq and Syria under ISIS. During my time studying, I worked closely with Chatham House’s Energy, Environment and Resources Department where I helped research reports and analyse data on the refugee energy crisis as part of the pioneering Moving Energy Initiative.
Born in Paris, I spent my childhood there before moving to London. I'm fluent in English, French, Spanish and I also speak Arabic and (a little!) Persian.
I'm a Member of the Frontline Freelance Register.
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