Rana Kazkaz, an award-winning filmmaker, will serve as an assistant professor of communication in residence at NU-Q. Kazkaz’s films have been recognized at the world’s leading film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, Abu Dhabi and others.

She received her MFA degree from Carnegie Mellon University/Moscow Art Theater, and bachelor’s degrees from Oberlin College in Theater and Russian. She earned certificates from the American Film Institute where she attended the Directing Workshop for Women and from the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut. 

With a focus on Syrian stories, her producing, screenwriting, and directing portfolio includes Mare Nostrum (2016) which has been selected in over 90 international film festivals and has won more than 30 awards, Searching for the Translator, a documentary (2016), Ham (2013), Deaf Day (2011), Exquisite Corpse (2009), and Kemo Sabe (2007). Her next project, The Translator (2020), will be her first feature film and has won several development awards including the Arte Award at L’Atelier de la Cinefondation at the Cannes Film Festival (2017), the CNC Award at Meetings on the Bridge at the Istanbul Film Festival (2017) and a Tribeca Alumni Grant (2018).