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- 1990 M.A. Film & Video Production, Washington, D.C. The American University, School of Communication *Directed, edited and filmed thesis: Women in Yemen
- 1986 B.A. Communication, Washington, D.C. Mount Vernon College
Concentration: Film & Television Production
- 1984 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA *Course work in film-making and production. She speaks Arabic, English, French.
- 2008 Inspiring woman, chosen by the Mosaic Foundation.
- 2007 Medal of Honor and rank of Knight (Chevalier) awarded by French Minister of Cooperation on behalf of French President Jacques Chirac.
- 2007 Yemeni Women’s Union Recognition Award for dedication to women’s issues.
- 2006 Yemen Observer Award for Outstanding Service to Yemen
- 2005 Certificate of Recognition for Exceptional Effort awarded by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Salih.
1994-2008 Press and Cultural Counselor Embassy of the Republic of Yemen-Paris, France
2002-2008 Director of the Yemeni Communication Center *Responsible for press and media relations.
2008 *Member of the Jury at the Paris film festival
*Member of the Jury at the Singapore film festival
2007 *Member of the Jury at the Dubai Film Festival
2006 *Directed 75-minute documentary “Amina”. Won the Muher Silver Award at Dubai
International Film Festival; and the jury, the public and the youth awards at the International film festival of Toulon. special honorary mention by Oxfam and won the best documentary award in Sicily. Entered in several film festivals for 2007.
2005 *Directed 30-minute documentary "A Stranger in her own City." Chosen for the opening ceremony of the International Film Festival for Human Rights in Geneva. Won so far nine prizes in different international festivals.
2005 *Member of the Jury at the Aljazeera Film Festival (Qatar)
2004 Directed 58-minute documentary "Women and Democracy in Yemen".
2003 *President of the Jury for the Toulon Film Festival (France).
2003 *Authored autobiographical book “The Tears of Sheba,” published in the UK and Poland by John Wiley & Sons; in France by Actes Sud.
2000 *Directed 52-minute documentary "Yemen of a Thousand Faces" for TV5 and Planète (France).
*Directed 26-minute documentary "From Copenhagen to Luhaya"
1998 *Directed four series about Yemen for Noé program, broadcast by Channel Five (France).
*Directed 26-minute documentary "The Man with a Golden Foot".
1997 *Directed 52 minute documentary "The Land of Sheba," broadcast on CFI,
Odyssée, and Planète French TV stations.
1996 *Directed 26-minute documentary "The Forgotten Island" for CFI French TV.
1995 *”Women of Islam” 26-minute documentary for Canal+ TV (France).
1994 *”The Suspended Country" 26-minute documentary for France 3 TV.
1991 *"Hadhramawt: Crossroads of Culture.”
9/90-08/91 Yemeni Television- Sanaa,Yemen
*Wrote and directed four 45-minute documentaries.
Spring 1990 WETA Televison-Arlington, Virginia,USA
*Produced and directed 30-minute documentary entitled Special Generation,
sponsored by American University.
*Directed a promotional video for education at American University.
Fall 1989 *Ritter's Film Company- Washington, D.C.
*Edited 16 mm documentaries.
Summer 1988 Assistant to the Director
*Assisted in directing 30-minute documentary on Sanaa.
1987-88 Public Relations Representative
Embassy of the Republic of Yemen-Paris, France
*Attended TV and Video festivals in Europe. Met with companies to preview and
select programs for Yemeni TV.
*Reviewed English newspaper and magazine articles regarding politics, culture, and society in Yemen.
1986-87 Program Director/Technician
Radio Orient-Paris, France
*Created, directed, and broadcast weekly program about Yemen.
1984 Cable News Network (CNN) Washington,D.C., USA
*Intern, camera work, news editing.
1984 WTTG Television-Washington D.C., USA
Intern in Production Department.
1977-82 Yemen Television-Sanaa,Yemen
*Worked since the age of 11 hosting weekly children's program.
*Hosted various cultural and entertainment programs.
*Read nightly news headlines.
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