Hind Shoufani is a Palestinian writer/filmmaker currently residing between Dubai and Beirut in the Middle East, but she keeps a suitcase ready to zoom about whenever the chance for adventure- cinematic, literary or otherwise- presents itself.
Born in Lebanon, she was then raised in Amman, Beirut and Damascus. In 2002, she was a Fulbright scholar at New York University, obtaining an MFA in film writing and directing from the Tisch School for the Arts. For the past 19 years, she has been a reporter, a writer, a producer, a director, a translator and an editor, working in NYC, DC, Beirut, Amman and Dubai. In 2007, She founded the Poeticians collective, an elastic group of bold writers who perform in monthly events that she still curates in different bars, cultural hubs, cities and festivals. She attended the 12-week residency in 2011 at the International Writing Program at Iowa University. She has performed at the Berlin poetry festival and the Frankfurt book fair in 2011, as well as the Pittsburgh City of Asylum Jazz poetry festival, the Vienna Literaturehaus festival in 2013 and recently in the Lodeve Voix de la Mediterranee poetry festival in France in 2014. She has also performed poetry for years in various universities, cultural spaces, restaurants and bars, living rooms, street corners and literature festivals around the world.
She has two poetry books published by xanadu*, titled “More light than death could bear” and “Inkstains on the Edge of Light”.
In 2012, she edited of the first anthology of the Poeticians, titled “Nowhere Near a Damn Rainbow” which contains unsanctioned and uncensored writing by 31 poets based in the Middle East. She also edited and commissioned the content in Uncommon: Dubai guidebook, a collection of literary writing and art photography from over 30 contributors in Dubai. She has just released a personal feature length art house documentary, titled “Trip Along Exodus” about the secular leftist PLO factions and the failure of the Palestinian revolution through an intimate family journey with her father, Dr. Elias Shoufani.
Hind is currently working on her third poetry book and her second feature film, titled “This, she said”, which is a video art visualisation of the love, faith and politics in the writing and lives of six female Arab poets in the Middle East.
Muayad Alayan is a Palestinian film director and cinematographer based in Jerusalem. After completing his studies in San Francisco and being part of its grassroots filmmaking culture, Alayan retuned to Palestine with the dream of making organic cinema by and about Palestinians as a community; a cinema made through the participation of people coming together to tell stories, against all odds and with means that creatively defy limitations.