Cherien Dabis

Moving Image, 2015

Cherien Dabis is an award-winning narrative filmmaker, television writer and producer. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Palestinian immigrant parents and was raised between small town Ohio and Amman, Jordan. Studying dance and theater in her youth, she went on to earn her MFA in film from Columbia University. Drawing from her background as a first generation Arab American, Dabis’ films focus on cross-cultural issues with a perceptive, anthropological eye to depict worlds seldom seen on the big screen. She takes a human approach to her storytelling, one in which people take center stage. Her thematic concerns include identity politics, displacement, otherness, tolerance, human resilience and the power of family. Her feature films May in the Summer (2013) and Amreeka (2009) both had their world premieres at the Sundance Film Festival; short films include Not Another Word (2013) and Make A Wish (2006).