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Cherien Dabis شيرين دعيبس  Filmmaker

Thank you @sundanceorg for the awesome #femalefilmmakerfriday shoutout!! This photo is from the 2010 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. What an amazing experience. So grateful. 🙏#Repost @sundanceorg with @get_repost
This #femalefilmmakerfriday, we are celebrating #Sundance alum @cheriendabis: an award-winning filmmaker and television Writer/Director, who made her feature debut with AMREEKA. The feature film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the coveted FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

📸 #1: Raised in Ohio by a Jordanian mother and Palestinian father, Cherien drew from her personal experience when writing AMREEKA --a prescient look at the experiences of Arab-Americans, the racism they encounter, and the quotidian struggles they face. Cherien went on to make a second feature film, MAY IN THE SUMMER, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and to direct episodes of EMPIRE AND QUANTICO. In 2011, she joined us as a Creative Advisor at the Rawi Middle East Screenwriters Lab in Jordan and in 2014 she was a Panelist at the Shorts Lab in Philadelphia. Recently this year at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, she was selected as a Jury for the Short Film Program.

📸 #2: MAY IN THE SUMMER: May seems to have it all until she travels to Jordan to plan her wedding. There, she runs into family chaos: Her mother threatens to boycott the wedding; her younger sisters treat her like a mother; and her estranged father suddenly returns.

Women at Sundance discovers, spotlights, and forges ways for independent women filmmakers to succeed as storytellers who shape our cultural landscape.

My favorite children’s book as a kid was about a camel. I know, I’m an Arab cliche. BUT... the camel was a WOMAN, and SHE wore a tool belt and fixed shit!! So there. Not such a cliche after all... 🐪 🛠 😂

Because apparently it’s #femalefilmmakerfriday 🎥 Cheers to women who direct! You can’t be what you can’t see. So here’s me directing two features, one short and an episode of television in three different countries. #thefutureisfemale #femalefilmmakers

So honored to be the recipient of this year’s Sundance Institute/ Sloan Commissioning Grant for my next feature film WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE. And tremendously excited to be telling Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s incredible story. Not only is she pediatrician to Flint, Michigan’s most vulnerable kids, she’s a powerhouse of a woman and an Iraqi American who beautifully demonstrates what immigrants have and continue to contribute to this country. #sundance #sloanfoundation #flint #flintwatercrisis #michigan #immigrantsmakeamericagreat

With fellow Sundance jurors Shirley Manson and Chris Ware and (swipe left) my jury companion :)

12 years ago, I made a short film called Make A Wish that premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and launched my career. Today, two Sundance feature film premieres later, I find myself on the short film jury. How fortunate I am that it’s all come full circle. Thank you @sundanceorg for having me back. What an enormous honor. #sundance

Well, that’s a wrap on the biggest and coldest episode of television I’ve ever directed! #impulse #television #setlife

To the place I called home, I will miss your shadow play and your pomegranates. Thank you for a transformative chapter and the beautiful lesson in non-attachment. Let the next adventure begin! #onward!

Setting an intention. Meditating at Midnight. Raising a cup of apple juice in a toast to love and compassion. Best way to start the New Year. #alternativenewyear #meditation #kadampa #newyearnewyou #newyearnewme

Looking back at the highlights. Looking forward to the possibilities. Here’s to new challenges, new lessons and new adventures in #2018. May we rise to meet them. #happynewyear

And always has been... But thank you, 2017, for making it undeniable.

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