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Samirah Alkassim

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  • de Laski Performing Arts Bldg, A109E
    4400 University Drive
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Biography

Samirah Alkassim is an independent filmmaker, film scholar, and curator with published articles about Arab cinema and media appearing in such journals as New Cinemas Journal, Nebula, and Bidoun. She recently edited and introduced the English translation of The Dream – Diary of a Film, written by film director Mohamad Malas, American University in Cairo Press, 2016 and is currently an editor for a forthcoming book series on Arab cinemas published by Palgrave Macmillan. As an experimental and documentary filmmaker, her films include Far From You (1996) about Egyptian singer Umm Kulthoum and memory, and a current work in progress documentary about Palestinian artists in Jordan, among various other experimental films and installations. She has taught film studies and production in Singapore, Cairo, and the San Francisco Bay Area at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University and the American University in Cairo among other places; and recently served as co-chair of the Middle East Caucus group of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies organization. She currently works as Program & Communications Manager at The Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, and curates screenings of independent and experimental Arab films at other venues (ISEA 2015, Sight Unseen). M.F.A. Cinema, San Francisco State University, 1996

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MFA, Cinema, San Francisco State University (1996)

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Appointment: Adjunct

Faculty Rank: Instructor

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