Viola  Shafik

Viola Shafik



Viola Shafik, PhD, is a freelance filmmaker, film curator and film scholar. Currently she holds the position of the Head of Studies of the Documentary Campus MENA program. She authored among others Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity, AUC-Press, Cairo, 1998 and Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class and Nation, AUC-Press, 2007. She taught Film Studies at the American University in Cairo, has worked as a consultat for international film festivals and training initiatives, most notably La Biennale di Venezia, the Dubai Film Connection and the al-Rawi Screenwriters Lab. Also, she is a member of the selection committee of the World Cinema Fund (Berlinale). She directed several documentaries, among others SHAJARAT AL-LAYMUN/THE LEMON TREE (1993), PLANTING OF GIRLS/MUSIM ZAR` AL-BANAT (1999), DIE REISE DER KONIGIN TEJE/JOURNEY OF A QUEEN (2003), JANNAT 'ALI-ALI IM PARADIES/MY NAME IS NOT ALI (2011) and lately ARIJ/SCENT OF A REVOLUTION.

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