Traumatic events from her childhood during the Persian revolution and the Lebanese wars shaped Sabine El Gemayel's personal interests and storytelling. She brings social issues to light with a particular focus on the socio-political differences between the Middle East and the United States advocating for peace and dialog in a world of conflict. Her goal is to shine light on the condition of women in conflicting zones and how conscious leadership can empower communities. Her passion for filmmaking brought her to Los Angeles, where she resides since 1994.
El Gemayel successfully marked her feature debut as a writer-director with NILOOFAR an award-winning feature film produced by Jean Bréhat (Days of Glory, Out of the law, and The Insult, all nominated for Best Foreign Film by the Academy) and Fereshteh Taerpour. It competed in prestigious film festivals such as Berlinale 59th, Cannes Junior, Dubai IFF, and AFI to name a few. Her award-winning feature documentary GENERATION ZAPPED about the invisible repercussion of wireless technology has been distributed worldwide but most importantly had a tremendous impact on raising awareness about Radio Frequencies. She also edited award-winning feature films such as 1982, the Lebanese submission to the 2020 Oscars, directed by Oualid Mouaness and produced by Alix Madigan.
El Gemayel was awarded screenwriting fellowships from Hedgebrook in 2019 for her screenplay BRINGING IT HOME where she had the honor to work with acclaimed screenwriters Robin Swicord and Jane Anderson. DreamAgo offered her a fellowship for THE THREE OF THEM, 2009 and BRINGING IT HOME, 2012. She is a member of Writer’s Guild of America, West (WGAW).
Currently, El Gemayel has two compelling screenplays ready for production, a feature film and a documentary in early development.
Unique traits: Bilingual in English and French. Proficient in Lebanese Arabic and Persian.
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