Masri's films revolve around the lives of ordinary people who are living in bizarre times of conflict and how they manage to keep their humanity throughout the reality of their devastating situations.
Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film (AIFF) has announced that this year’s “First and Latest” section is hosting the internationally acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri, who was born in Amman. She founded Nour Productions with her late husband, Jean Chamoun, and directed and produced more than 18 films, which were screened worldwide and won more than 90 awards.
The film festival will be taking place from August 15 – 22, 2023.
The “First and Latest” section features the work and the cinematic journey of an accomplished and renowned filmmaker.
Masri is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her solo directorial journey began with the film Children of Fire (1990) and continues to include films like Hanan Ashrawi: Woman for Her Time (1995), Children of Shatila (1998), Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001), Beirut Diaries (2006), 33 Days (2007). Recognised for her work that focuses on women and children in a humanistic and poetic approach, her debut feature film, 3000 Nights (2015) had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and won 28 awards.
Her films are primarily documentaries which focus on the real-life struggles of the women and children living in the occupied Palestinian territories and Lebanon.
Masri will take us on a journey starting with her very first film, visiting some of the experiences that influenced her cinematic language and ending with her latest production. The director will share her knowledge, expertise and lessons learnt along the way, while analysing how challenges have helped her mature as a director.
This year, the fourth edition of the Amman International Film Festival (AIFF) is hosting more than 110 international guests some of which are acclaimed directors, actors, producers and film critics.