Born in Kuwait in 1972 to an Iraqi father and Iranian mother, Duraid was 17 years of age when his family immigrated to Canada. He began studying anthropology at Vanier College, Montreal but had later received his BFA in film production in 1997 from Concordia University, in Montreal in which he made his thesis film, Tempus Fugit.
His work has been screened in festivals around the world, including IDFA in Amsterdam, Dokfest in Munich, as well as festivals in Switzerland, Lebanon, France, and across the U.S. and Canada.
"what I've lost" is a short documentary that has screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Montreal Nouveau film fest, Gulf Film Festival and others. exile & empire: 20 shorts on Iraq, is an experimental 'essay-driven' documentary on Iraq, past and up to the U.S. invasion of 2003, told through a series of short films.
In 2007 Duraid worked as one of the principal camera operators on The Hurt Locker, which ended up winning multiple awards internationally, including Best Picture at the 2010 Oscar awards.
In 2011 Duraid served as Director of Photography on Buzkashi Boys, which was nominated for best live action short at the 2013 Oscars .
In 2012 Duraid worked again with Kathryn Bigelow on Zero Dark Thirty as a principal camera operator.
- Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
- Son of Babylon (2010)
- The Hurt Locker (2009) (camera operator)
- Les jeux d'enfants (2008)
- What I've Lost (2008)
- Next: A Primer on Urban Painting (2005)
- Lower East Side Stories (2005)
- Acrobats and Maniacs (2004) (TV)
- All the Ships at Sea (2004)
- Rings (2004)
- Fire Watch (2003)
- 19. (2003)
- Solo (2003)
- Entre-temps à Beyrouth (2002)