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Industry Arts
Occupation Filmmaker/Writer
Location Eugene, Oregon, United States
Introduction I was born in Oregon but I spent most of my childhood in Damascus, Syria (my father's hometown). I went to Mills College and fell in love with the Bay Area, but returned to Oregon and worked at Eugene Public Library for 9 years before heading to film school in British Columbia. After I graduated from Simon Fraser University, I visited Syria. But I left before all the fuss started. I'm currently writing "Damascus Chronicles," a memoir of my childhood in Syria. I've also written a short film "How's Your Life?" [Keep, Hiyatek?] that is in pre-production, and I continue working on my documentary, "El Hijab," about Syrian women and the choice to wear or not to wear the Muslim head-scarf.
Interests Filmmaking (including narrative, experimental, & documentary), Writing, Dancing, Jewelry making (mostly beads), singing, Ice Skating (figure), acting (to keep stage fright at bay).
Favorite Movies Kenneth Anger's Eaux D'Artifice, Persepolis, The Swashbuckler, Serenity, Glory, The Syrian Bride, Kunda Kundain Kunda Kundain ("I Have Found It"), X-men, Singing in the Rain, From Dusk 'Til Dawn, Funny Face, Philadelphia Story, It Happened One Night, Star Trek Insurrection, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Four Weddings and a Funeral, A Room with a View, Practical Magic, Slither, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Fido... for starters
Favorite Music Kiya Sourat Hai (Bombay Vikings), Depeche Mode, Nik Kershaw, Nick Heyward, Anouar Brahem, Michael Buble, Eurythmics, Sam Phillips, UB40, Island in the Sun (Weezer), Peter Salett, XTC, Carla Bruni, Pet Shop Boys, Bill Douglas, , "classical" (i.e. Tchiakovsky, Beethoven, Chopin....ballet stuff). Nick Chase. ________ It's all in there, depending on my mood.
Favorite Books The Loved One, Put Out More Flags, Helena, Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings, Storm of Swords, Snow Crash, ___of Shannara (some, not all), Vanity Fair, Silas Marner, Friday's Child, Frankenstein, Titanic: the making of James Cameron, The Founding Fathers on Leadership, Our Endangered Values, An Unexpected Life: Queen Noor Speaks About Her Life, Both Left and Right Handed: Arab Women Speak About Their Lives.