Jerusalem-born filmmaker Mahasen Nasser-Eldin tells stories of resistance and resilience, crafting carefully researched and scripted narratives that restore new life to forgotten figures and celebrate those on the margins of society.
Her films, which have screened at local and international festivals, feature characters such as Karimeh Abbud, the first woman photographer in Palestine (Restored Pictures, 2012), Mays, a Palestinian Circus School artist (From Palestine with Love, 2010), Samia, a 71 year old feisty, active and committed woman whose life is marked by her struggle for the right of girls to education and the right of Palestinians to live in Jerusalem (Samia, 2009), and Abu Daoud, an East Jerusalem father whose son is due to appear next day in the Israeli military court (On the East Side, 2007).
While these films focus on pre- and post-Nakba Palestine, her current film, now in post-production, ventures further afield to follow the stories told by the people of Canada's First Nations.
A meticulous researcher, Mahasen specializes in reconstructing and scripting historical narratives using audio and visual archives. Her research interest focuses on the use of film in the writing of historical narratives. She is currently conducting research for a film about early modern Palestinian women in 1920 Palestine.
Mahasen holds a master's degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and a master's degree in filmmaking from Goldsmith's College, London. She currently teaches film production and film studies at Bethlehem's Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture.