• Amina Ahmed

    Artist│Activist

    Amina Ahmed was born in East Africa and is a Kutchi Turk Indian. She grew up in England and has lived in Iran and the USA. Ahmed is a graduate of Chelsea School of Art, Winchester School of Art, where she earned a BA. She received her MFA from the Royal College of Art (1991), where she specialized in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts and was awarded the Barakat Trust prize for excellence. A visual artist, educator and activist, Ahmed is a board member for the Muslim Women’s Institute for Research and Development.

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  • Farzana Bari

    Academic│Activist│Columnist

    Farzana Bari (PhD) is a widely-respected human rights activist and university professor at the Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan. Dr. Bari’s impressive career includes being the Director, Manager, Women’s Rights Activist and Head of the Gender Studies Department at QAU.

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  • Joobin Bekhrad

    Writer│FounderEditor

    An award-winning writer, Joobin Bekhrad (BBA, MSc.) is the founder and Editor of REORIENT, a publication celebrating contemporary Middle Eastern arts and culture, and recently served as the Guest Editor of Columbia University’s Columbia Journal

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  • Farah Bullara

    WriterActivist

    Farah Jahan Siddiqui Bullara is a writer, activist, community organizer and president of the Board of Trustees for Golden Thread Productions, a San Francisco-based theater company dedicated to staging plays from and about the Middle East.

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  • Lisa Cain

    Founder│Teacher│Advocate

    Lisa Cain is the founder of Why I Am a Woman, an infrastructure to create counter-narratives to psychologically prepare and emotionally train women for collective action. Lisa's core goal is to start a movement where every college campus has a specific platform to support mother’s who are in school.

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  • Erin Christovale

    Curator│Activist│Film Programmer

    Erin Christovale is a curator based in Los Angeles focusing on film/video within the African Diaspora. She graduated with a B.A. from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is the curator at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. 

     

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  • Diana Dercyz-Kessler

    PresidentCEO

    Diana Derycz-Kessler is the Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer of The Los Angeles Film School, a college dedicated to hands-on training in Film, Recording, Game and Animation. Her graduates have gone on to become premier filmmakers and recording engineers. 

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  • Adèle Eisenstein

    Curator│Writer│Translator

    Adèle is an independent curator, writer, editor, translator with a background in psychology and film studies, especially focused on social issues and human rights. Originally from NY, Adèle emigrated to Budapest in 1990. She studied at the University of Rochester, University of Paris – Sorbonne, New School – Parsons School of Design, and School of Visual Arts.

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  • Alexander Farrow

    Lecturer in Cinema Studies

    A Bay Area native in Los Angeles, Alexander received both his BA and MA from San Francisco State University in Cinema Studies where he lectured and assistant lectured film theory-related classes for five years. Additionally, he has has programmed for the San Francisco-based Arab Film Festival since 2011.

  • Roopashree Jeevaji

    ActressPhilanthropist

    Roopashree Jeevaji was born in India and raised in Mumbai. At a young age, she trained in Bharata Natyam, a classical Indian dance form where her interest for acting developed right after. As a teenager, Jeevaji became the face of Bru Coffee, India’s largest coffee brand. She is an actress, mentor, and philanthropist.

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  • Jeanne Jo

    Filmmaker│Performer│Media Artist

    Jeanne Jo is a Los Angeles-based visual artist whose creative works have been shown in art galleries and film festivals all over the world. She was educated at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Southern California. You can learn more about Jeanne's work on her website.

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  • Salwa Sheibany

    Language & Arab Cinema Instructor

    Salwa Sheibany grew up in Libya, Egypt, and Europe. Currently she teaches at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where she gives classes in Arabic and French, and developed an Arab Cinema/Le Cinema du Monde Arabe course. She is currently working on a book proposal exploring Arab Cinema, and researching women’s roles in Libya before and after the revolution. Salwa completed several years of adjunct work at Randolph Macon College, University of Richmond, and taught at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

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  • Premstar Santana

    Actor│Filmmaker│Founder

    Premstar Santana is an award winning actor, a filmmaker & the Founder/Creative Director of the Moonfaze Feminist Film Festival. She is also a photographer and a multidisciplinary artist.

     

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  • Atif Sheikh

    Gallery Co-FounderCurator

    Atif Sheikh is co-founder of 12G (Twelve Gates Arts) and resident curator. Sheikh orchestrated the first 12G experimental video art festival in 2015. He is working towards an MA in Liberal Arts with focus on Museum Studies, Art History, and Non-Profit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania (2016). He earned his BA from the University of Rochester (1996).

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  • Ana Souza

    Filmmaker│Writer│Film Programmer

    Born in Brazil, Ana Souza was raised in Amsterdam. She holds a BA from the University of Warwick and an MA from USC. Souza has contributed to numerous film-related publications, including Indiewire, Front Row Reviews, and The Artifice. She has worked in various capacities with Outfest, AFI FEST, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Slamdance and Project 168 Film Festivals. She is an Associate Programmer of Short Films for the LA Film Festival, AFI FEST and the No Budget Film Festival.

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  • Vaishnavi Sundar

    Feminist│Activist│Filmmaker

    As an independent filmmaker, and social activist, Vaishnavi moulds her contribution in bringing women to the forefront. Breaking the clutches of corporate 9 to 5s, she ventured out to customise her life skill through filmmaking and actively partaking in the intersectional, grassroot feminist movement in India.

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  • Amie Williams

    Executive Director│Co-Founder│Film Director

    Amie Williams is the Executive Director & Co-Founder of GlobalGirl Media. She is an award winning producer/director specializing in documentary film and video for television, NGO’s and political campaigns.

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  • Eszter Zimanyi

    Annenberg Fellow│PhD Student│Critical Studies, USC

    Eszter Zimanyi is a PhD student and Annenberg Fellow in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. She is a co-organizer of USC’s Middle East Film Screening Series. 

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