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Samah Safi Bayazid

Groundbreaking hijabi filmmaker

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Date of Birth:

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Jordan

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Championing Muslim representation

Brief bio

Samah Safi Bayazid is an award-winning filmmaker based in Washington D.C., USA. She is recognized for being one of the pioneering professional Muslim women in the film industry, using her platform to challenge stereotypes, promote positive representation of Muslims, and address issues like Islamophobia and the refugee crisis through her work.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • Becoming a Filmmaker: Began her professional career in filmmaking at 22 after studying at the New York Film Academy​​...See More

  • Founding LightArt Productions: Co-founder of LightArt Productions, focusing on humanitarian entertainment​​...See More

  • Award-Winning Work: Her film "Orshena," addressing the refugee issue, won the Award of Excellence at the Indie Film Festival in California​​.

  • Advocacy Through Virtual Reality: Uses virtual reality to fight Muslim stereotypes, producing VR films about Islamic history​​.

  • International Recognition: Her series "Inspiration" gained over 50 million views, translated into 16 languages, and won the best creative project at the ICDA Dubai Festival​​.

  • Challenging Stereotypes: Utilizes filmmaking to challenge and change the negative stereotypes of Muslims in media​​.

  • Promoting Positive Muslim Representation: Produced various projects focusing on positive Muslim representation and addressing issues like Islamophobia​​...See More

  • Virtual Reality Films: Innovated in using VR to educate on Islamic history, producing multiple VR films that are entertaining and educational​​.

  • International Film Festivals: Her works, including the short film "Orshena," have been selected for international film festivals, garnering global recognition​​.

  • Inspiring Muslim Youth: Advocates for the involvement of Muslim youth in filmmaking to inspire and empower them to tell their own stories​​.

Date of Last Update: 
February 4, 2024

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