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Hind Shoufani

Groundbreaking filmmaker and poet, giving voice to Palestinian narratives.

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Date of Birth:



Sidon, Lebanon​​

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Hind Shoufani is recognized for her multifaceted contributions as a Palestinian-American filmmaker, writer, and poet. She has skillfully combined her talents in film, writing, and poetry to document and articulate the Palestinian experience, thus making a significant impact on Palestinian culture and international perceptions of Palestine.

Brief bio

Hind Shoufani is a dynamic Palestinian-American filmmaker and poet with a diverse career spanning over 25 years. She is known for her compelling storytelling that encompasses a range of mediums, including film, poetry, and written prose. Shoufani's work often reflects her experiences and upbringing in various Middle Eastern cities, and her films and poetry offer poignant insights into Arab identity, women's experiences, and the Palestinian struggle. She has been recognized with prestigious awards, including a BAFTA and an Oscar nomination.

Major Milestones


  • 2006: Completed her MFA thesis, a feature fiction film titled "Carencia" in NYC​​.

  • 2013: Began filming a video-art poetry documentary series on Arab women poets​​.

  • 2015: Produced "Trip Along Exodus," a personal documentary tracing Arab history and the Palestinian revolution​​.

  • 2019: Created "We Take Back Mountains," an ode to Beirut, and began work on "They Planted Strange Trees," a feature film about Christian communities in the Galilee​​.

  • 2023: Premiered her documentary "Heavy Metal" at the Tribeca Film Festival​​.

  • Writing and Poetry: Authored and performed poetry, significantly contributing to Arab literary culture​​...See More

  • Education: Served as a university professor, sharing her expertise in film and writing​​...See More

  • Cultural Influence: Founded The Poeticians, a platform for Arab women poets, highlighting diverse voices in the Arab world...See More

  • Awards and Recognition: Received a BAFTA and an Oscar nomination for her work on "The Present" and other notable film projects​​​​.

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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