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May Odeh

Influential producer, director, fostering Palestinian cinema globally.

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Date of Birth:



Birzeit, near Ramallah, Palestine

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Why Featured?

May Odeh is recognized for her significant contributions to Palestinian cinema, particularly in the realms of production and direction. Her work has garnered international acclaim and has played a pivotal role in bringing Palestinian stories and perspectives to a global audience.

Brief bio

May Odeh is a Palestinian producer and filmmaker known for her work in producing critically acclaimed films that explore and reflect Palestinian experiences and narratives. Her work has gained recognition at various international film festivals, contributing significantly to the promotion of Palestinian cinema.

Major Milestones


  • 2011: Directed her first full-length documentary “Diaries”...See More

  • 2020: Named MENA Talent of the Year by Variety.

  • 2020: Produced “200 Meters”, which received 27 awards worldwide and was Jordan’s official submission for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

  • 2022: Produced “Hanging Gardens”, which premiered in Venice Film Festival and won Best Film at the Red Sea Film Festival.

  • Founding of ODEH FILMS, a production company focusing on creative documentary and fiction films.

  • Promoting Palestinian narratives and stories through cinema...See More

  • Receiving multiple international awards and recognitions for her films...See More

  • Being a driving force in the Palestinian film industry...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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