Jehane Noujaim

Director, The Square

Biography

Jehane Noujaim is an award-winning filmmaker and an ACADEMY AWARD-nominated director. In 2014, Noujaim directed and produced The Square which won numerous awards including the DIRECTORS GUILD AWARD, the INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARD, and was the first film to win the AUDIENCE AWARD at both the Sundance and Toronto film festivals. Noujaim has produced and directed other award-winning films such as Rafea: Solar Mama (2013), Control Room (2004) and Startup.com (2001).

Noujaim’s work has been exhibited at international festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, Amsterdam, Dubai, and has been shown in theaters and broadcast globally. Since graduating Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, she has dedicated her life to directing and producing films between the US and the Middle East. For her filmmaking work, she has been a guest on television shows such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, and Meet the Press. For her films, she was been awarded the prestigious TED PRIZE in 2006 and was nominated as a YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER in 2007. Each TED PRIZE winner is granted a wish to change the world. Noujaim’s wish was to create a day in which the power of film could bring people from all over the world together to form a global community. This day was Pangea Day: a live video-conference featuring music, film, and speakers that took place in 1800 locations, in over 100 countries.

Noujaim has been one of the few filmmakers to have been nominated three times by her peers (the DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA) for the highest award for directing. Noujaim currently lives between Cairo and New York.