photo credit to Doreen Schwarz

photo credit to Doreen Schwarz

Marouan Omara, 1987 is an Egyptian filmmaker who had shown his films at festivals such as; Berlinale, IFF Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary IFF, London Film Festival, Yamagata IDFF, Ji.hlava IDFF, DOK Leipzig among many other festivals. His work got supported by several International Institutions as La Biennale di Venezia, Hot Docs-Blue Ice Fund, IDFA Bertha Fund, Catapult Film Fund. He is also a Berlinale and Durban Talents alumnus.

Marouan’s films wander around unmarked territory between fiction and documentary. Using cinema and it's tools as a genuine mode of research, his films have a dreamlike notion of the surrounding and closeness to the everyday experiences of his society. He focuses on the characters’ dynamics that form the core of his film language. He believes that collaborations in directing films is a necessity tool of contemporary cinema.

Omara's films distributed by Wide House, France, Arsenal Institut Für Film und Videokunst e.v. Berlin, Germany, MAD Solutions, Egypt, Tetraktys Films, Cyprus and are available online at Doc Alliance Platform.

Omara received his BA in Applied Arts - Photography (2011) and his Diploma in Film Directing (2010). He teaches filmmaking in the department of the Arts at American University in Cairo - AUC, and is the managing director of the Regional Conference for Arab Independent Cinema (RCAIC). also participates as a founder, a jury member, and curator in several film industry programs.