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Nayrouz Abu Hatoum and Serene Husni


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Write Down, I Am an Arab, directed by Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin. Israel/Palestine, 2014. Borrowing the opening line of one of Mahmoud Darwish’s most famous poems, “Identity Card,” filmmaker Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin titled her latest documentary Write Down, I Am an Arab. The film, which had its world premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival in April of this year, is described as a biographical portrait of the poet who became the voice of Palestinian people. However, in her ...

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Nayrouz Abu Hatoum and Serene Husni


Nayrouz Abu Hatoum is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Social Anthropology at York University in Toronto. Her doctoral research explores the “presence” and “absence” of the apartheid wall in the Israeli visual and discursive landscape. Her research focuses on the concepts of borders, violence, and visuals. She has published articles in Arabic and English in several newspapers and blogs, among them Al-Akhbar in Lebanon and Sawt al Niswa-feminist webspace, and in Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space, and Resistance.

Serene Husni is a filmmaker and journalist. She holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University. Before moving to Toronto in 2011, she was living in Amman, where she was one of the founders of, an Arabic-speaking web television for a youth audience. Her first documentary, Zinco, chronicles the evolution of construction material used in building Palestinian refugee camps. The film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary from the Franco Arab Film Festival in June 2013.