Suha Araj (USA)

Suha Araj’s filmmaking explores the displacement of immigrant communities and her passion lies in bridging cultures. Her short film The Cup Reader, shot in Palestine, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2013 and won the Next Great Filmmaker Award at the Berkshire International Film Festival and the Baghdad International Film Festival.  Her most recent short film, Pioneer High, is based on the true story of her mother’s first days in the United States after immigration. She is in development on a feature film, Khsara (Pickled), that has been supported by the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Torino Film Lab, IFP No Borders, Emerging Visions and the Berlinale Talent Market. For seven years, Suha was part of the film selection committee of the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco and has also served on the LunaFest Board of Advisors. Currently she is a teaching artist with the Tribeca Film Institute and Maysles Documentary Center in New York City.

Khsara (Pickled) — Dumped on her thirtieth birthday, Nisreen is thrown into a comedic tailspin, forced to choose between love and marriage, not having the luxury of both.