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Suha Araj

WRITER / DIRECTOR

Palestinian-American filmmaker, Suha Araj, is a New York-based writer and director from Ohio who has never had a thigh gap. Her passion lies in telling diaspora stories with humor and detail in order to find our universal connections. She has been supported and awarded along the way and continues to try on new genres and mediums. When she’s not creating a project you can find her directing romantic comedy podcasts, unknowingly mispronouncing words and reading your horoscope.

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Theodora Dunlap

PRODUCER

Theodora Dunlap is an Emmy Award-winning film producer. Credits include; The Independent (Relativity Media) Long Weekend (SONY) Born to Play (ESPN) The Last Shift (SONY, Sundance 2020), Farewell Amor (IFC, Sundance 2020), Emmy and Sundance Award-Winning documentary feature, The Sentence (Sundance 2018, HBO), Hearts Beat Loud (Sundance 2018, Gunpowder & Sky), An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (Sundance 2018, NBCUniversal), The Hero (Sundance 2017, The Orchard), Other People (Sundance 2016, Netflix), Cop Car (Sundance 2015, Focus World), Infinitely Polar Bear (Sundance 2014, Sony Pictures Classics), God’s Pocket (Sundance 2014, IFC), and Robot and Frank (Sundance 2012, SONY).

Darine Hotait

PRODUCER

Named on Disney's 2022 List of Directors on the Rise, Darine has written, directed, and produced a dozen award-winning narrative films that can be seen on Sundance Channel, The New Yorker, AMC Networks, BBC, and at numerous international film festivals. Her latest film “TALLAHASSEE” premiered at the 10th Blackstar Film Festival and was released on The New Yorker. She is the recipient of the New York Council on the Arts Artist Award (2020), the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Fellowship (2018), the Jerome Hill Award (2021), and the North Manhattan Arts Alliance Artist Prize (2023). In 2021, Darine was awarded the 40 under 40 Arab America Foundation Award for her contributions to Arab American art and culture and The FFC Award for her creative entrepreneurial achievements.
In 2010, Darine founded Cinephilia Productions in New York City— a development studio, talent incubator, and production Company, championing African, Arab, and Southwest Asian storytellers and filmmakers. Under her artistic and executive direction, Cinephilia provided film education to over 2000 filmmakers, developed more than 600 film projects through its development studio and labs, and launched several industry programs in partnership with international film festivals and organizations. 

Darine is currently producing three feature film projects by filmmakers from Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt. 

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FILM TEAM

The Khsara Film Team is an experienced, dedicated, hard-working, hands-on team of independent filmmakers with purpose, ability, conviction, and a sense of humor. 

Writer / Director 

Suha Araj

Palestinian-American filmmaker, Suha Araj, is a New York-based writer and director from Ohio who has never had a thigh gap. Her passion lies in telling diaspora stories with humor and detail in order to find our universal connections. She has been supported and awarded along the way and continues to try on new genres and mediums. When she’s not creating a project you can find her directing romantic comedy podcasts, unknowingly mispronouncing words and reading your horoscope.

Producer

Theodora Dunlap

Theodora Dunlap is an Emmy Award-winning film producer. Credits include; The Independent (Relativity Media) Long Weekend (SONY) Born to Play (ESPN) The Last Shift (SONY, Sundance 2020), Farewell Amor (IFC, Sundance 2020), Emmy and Sundance Award-Winning documentary feature, The Sentence (Sundance 2018, HBO), Hearts Beat Loud (Sundance 2018, Gunpowder & Sky), An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (Sundance 2018, NBCUniversal), The Hero (Sundance 2017, The Orchard), Other People (Sundance 2016, Netflix), Cop Car (Sundance 2015, Focus World), Infinitely Polar Bear (Sundance 2014, Sony Pictures Classics), God’s Pocket (Sundance 2014, IFC), and Robot and Frank (Sundance 2012, SONY).

Producer

Darine Hotait

Named on Disney's 2022 List of Directors on the Rise, Darine has written, directed, and produced a dozen award-winning narrative films that can be seen on Sundance Channel, The New Yorker, AMC Networks, BBC, and at numerous international film festivals. Her latest film “TALLAHASSEE” premiered at the 10th Blackstar Film Festival and was released on The New Yorker. She is the recipient of the New York Council on the Arts Artist Award (2020), the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Fellowship (2018), the Jerome Hill Award (2021), and the North Manhattan Arts Alliance Artist Prize (2023). In 2021, Darine was awarded the 40 under 40 Arab America Foundation Award for her contributions to Arab American art and culture and The FFC Award for her creative entrepreneurial achievements. In 2010, Darine founded Cinephilia Productions in New York City— a development studio, talent incubator, and production Company, championing African, Arab, and Southwest Asian storytellers and filmmakers. Under her artistic and executive direction, Cinephilia provided film education to over 2000 filmmakers, developed more than 600 film projects through its development studio and labs, and launched several industry programs in partnership with international film festivals and organizations.  Darine is currently producing three feature film projects by filmmakers from Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt.

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