Mai Masri

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Mai Masri (born April 2, 1959) is a U.S.-educated Palestinian filmmaker who has directed eight films.

Early life[edit]

Masri was born in Amman, Jordan on April 2, 1959.[1] She is the daughter of Munib Masri from Nablus and an American mother from Texas. Masri was raised in Beirut, where she has lived most of her life. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 1981. Soon after that she returned to Beirut and began making films.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Masri met her husband, Lebanese filmmaker Jean Chamoun, in 1982. They have made several films together. They married in 1986, and have two daughters, Nour and Hana. Nour is an interaction designer, and Hana is currently studying communication arts.[2] Mai was living near the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila in Beirut when the Lebanese Phalangist militia carried out massacre and rape in 1982.[3]



Masri's pictures focus on Palestine and the Middle East and have won awards at film festivals throughout the world.

  • Under the Rubble (1983)
  • Wild Flowers: Women of South Lebanon (1986)
  • War Generation (1989)
  • Children of Fire (1990)
  • Suspended Dreams (1992)
  • Hanan Ashrawi: A Woman of Her Time (1995)
  • Children of Shatila (1998)
  • Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001)
  • Beirut Diaries (2006)
  • 33 Days (2007)



  1. ^ Hillauer, Rebecca (2005). "Masri, Mai (1959–)". Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmmakers. Cairo: American Univ. in Cairo Press. pp. 223–235. ISBN 977-424-943-7. 
  2. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Padgaonkar, Latika (2011). "Director profile: Mai Masri". Wide Screen 3 (1). ISSN 1757-3920. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 

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