Cherien Dabis

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Cherien Dabis
Born 1976
Omaha, Nebraska
Occupation Director, Writer
Genre Fiction

Cherien Dabis (born 1976)[1] (Arabic: شيرين دعيبس‎) is a Palestinian American director, producer, and screenwriter. She was named one of Variety magazine's 10 Directors to Watch in 2009.[2]


Dabis was born in Omaha, Nebraska [2] to a Palestinian father and a mother from a Jordanian family from Salt, Jordan.[3] She grew up in Ohio and Jordan. Dabis received her B.A. with honors in creative writing and communications from the University of Cincinnati [4] and her M.F.A. in film from Columbia University School of the Arts in 2004.[5]


Her first short film, Make a Wish, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and received awards at other festivals.[6] She was a writer with the television series, The L Word from 2006 to 2008.[6]

Dabis made her feature film debut with Amreeka which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film also opened to critical praise other important venues.[6] The DVD for Amreeka was released on January 12, 2010[7] with Make a Wish.

Dabis' second feature film May in the Summer screened at the opening night of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[8]



2011 Intersections Film Festival

  • Official Selection: Opening Night[9]

2010 Independent Spirit Awards

2009 Cairo International Film Festival

  • Won: Best Arabic Film - Cherien Dabis (director), Christina Piovesan (producer)
  • Won: Best Arabic Screenplay - Cherien Dabis (director)[11]

2009 Cannes Film Festival

2009 New Directors/New Films Festival

  • Official Selection: Opening Night[13]

2009 Sundance Film Festival

  • Official Selection: Dramatic competition Sundance[12]

2009 Zurich Film Festival

  • Won: Variety’s New Talent Award

Make a Wish[edit]

2007 Aspen Shortsfest

  • Won :BAFTA/LA Award for Excellence - Honorable Mention
  • Won:Special Recognition

2007 Cairo International Film Festival for Children

  • Won : Ministry of Culture's Awards for Arabian Feature & Short Films
  • 3rd place: Bronze Cairo - Best Short Film

2007 Chicago International Children's Film Festival

  • Won: Adult's Jury Award - Certificate of Merit Live-Action Short Film or Video
  • Won: Peace Prize

2007 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

  • Won:Press Award - International Competition
  • Won: Special Mention of the Jury - International Competition

Selected filmography[edit]


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