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Meet Annmarie Jacir || Award-Winning Palestinian Filmmaker

Annmarie Jacir

Leaving no room for doubt; Annmarie Jacir is the embodiment of the Palestinian resilience and the will to survive. A Palestinian filmmaker and poet; Annmarie is one creative force to be reckoned with. She has dipped her hands in various artistic endeavours and the number of awards that she has amassed over the years only serves as further proof of this lady’s innate genius.

Annmarie has written, directed and produced over sixteen memorable films, two of which went on to get premiered as official selections at the Cannes Film Festival. All three of her feature films were chosen as Palestine’s official Academy Awards entries, and her short film ‘like twenty impossibles (2003)’ was the first ever Arab short film in history to be selected at the Cannes Film Festival and it went on to become a finalist in the Academy Awards. Her critically-acclaimed work ‘Salt of This Sea (2008)’ was her second entry in Cannes and it went on to win over 14 international awards including Best Film in Milan. Her most recent work ‘Wajib (2017)’ won 36 international awards many of which were Best Film wins.

However it is not just about film making with Annmarie; she is also co-founder and chief curator of Dreams of a Nation groundbreaking project which is dedicated to promoting Palestinian cinema; and in 2003 she was responsible for organising the largest travelling film festival in Palestine during which they were able to screen archival revolutionary films for the first time on Palestinian soil. Annmarie also founded the Palestinian Filmmakers’ Collective and has taught at various universities such as Columbia, Bethlehem, Birzeit, and in refugee camps in the region.

Annmarie is a jury member in several film festivals including Cannes, she is the recipient of many international awards and in 2018 she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Last but not least she co-founded the Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research in Bethlehem, thus fulfilling a lifelong family dream of establishing a space for the arts in Bethlehem.