David F. Shamoon

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David F. Shamoon is a Canadian screenwriter, best known for his screenplay In Darkness. Directed by Agnieszka Holland, the film was a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in India to Iraqi Jewish refugees of the Farhud, Shamoon grew up in India, where he attended Cathedral School in Mumbai (now the Cathedral & John Connon School) and Iran, where he attended Community School, Tehran). He moved to Canada in 1970 after graduating from Boston University.[1] He successfully worked in advertising for many years before trying his hand at screenwriting, first as a hobby, but eventually as a career after studying the craft and writing several scripts, some of which were optioned.[1] In Darkness, based on Robert Marshall's book In the Sewers of Lvov, marked his first attempt to adapt a book to the screen. He garnered a Genie Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 32nd Genie Awards.[1]

He currently has a new screenplay, a comedy called Taking Off, in active development with director Paul Morrison.

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