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Annemarie Jacir

Pioneering filmmaker, first Palestinian woman director, international cinema influencer.

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Date of Birth:



Bethlehem, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Annemarie Jacir is celebrated for her groundbreaking contributions to Palestinian cinema. She is renowned for being the first Palestinian woman to direct a feature film and for her role in shaping independent cinema in the Arab world. Her films have garnered international acclaim, reflecting the Palestinian experience and resonating with audiences globally.

Brief bio

Annemarie Jacir is a Palestinian filmmaker who has written, directed, and produced over sixteen films. A trailblazer in Arab cinema, she has been recognized internationally for her poignant storytelling and artistic excellence, with her films often exploring themes of identity, displacement, and the Palestinian experience.

Major Milestones


  • 2003: Directed 'like twenty impossibles', the first Arab short film selected at Cannes Film Festival.

  • 2007: Directed 'Salt of this Sea', the first feature film by a Palestinian woman.

  • 2011: Became the first protégée of Chinese director Zhang Yimou under the Rolex Arts Initiative.

  • 2017: Directed 'Wajib', which won 36 international awards.

  • 2022: Directed an episode of the Hulu series 'Ramy' and received an honorary doctorate from Artois University in France.

  • Pioneering Palestinian female director in the international film industry...See More

  • Founder of Philistine Films, supporting Arab filmmakers...See More

  • Educator and mentor in screenwriting and filmmaking in various universities and cultural organizations...See More

  • Co-founder of the Dreams of a Nation cinema project and Palestinian Filmmakers’ Collective...See More

  • Directed internationally acclaimed films that brought Palestinian stories to global audiences...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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