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Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis

Sector : Media , Directors

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : United States
  • Gender : Female
  • Born in : 1976
  • Age : 39
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Cherien Dabis, born in 1976, is a Palestinian American director, producer, and screenwriter. She was named one of Variety magazine's 10 Directors to Watch in 2009.

Dabis was born in Omaha, Nebraska to a Palestinian father and a mother from a wealthy Jordanian family from Salt, Jordan. She grew up in Ohio and Jordan. Dabis received her B.A. with honors in creative writing and communications from the University of Cincinnati and her M.F.A. in film from Columbia University School of the Arts in 2004.

Her first short film, Make a Wish, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and received awards at other festivals. She was a writer with the television series, The L Word from 2006 to 2008.

Dabis made her feature film debut with Amreeka which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film also opened to critical praise other important venues. The DVD for Amreeka was released on January 12, 2010 with Make a Wish.


Achievements and Awards



2010 Independent Spirit Awards

1- Nominated: Independent Spirit Award for Best Film
2- Nominated: Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay

2009 Cairo International Film Festival

1- Won: Best Arabic Film - Cherien Dabis (director), Christina Piovesan (producer)
2- Won: Best Arabic Screenplay - Cherien Dabis (director)

2009 Cannes Film Festival

1- Won: Firpesci Prize - Cherien Dabis
2- Official Selection: Directors' Fortnight

2009 New Directors/New Films

- Official Selection: Opening Night

2009 Sundance Film Festival

- Official Selection: Dramatic competition Sundance

Make a Wish

2007 Aspen Shortsfest

1- Won :BAFTA/LA Award for Excellence - Honorable Mention
2- Won:Special Recognition

2007 Cairo International Film Festival for Children

1- Won : Ministry of Culture's Awards for Arabian Feature & Short Films
2- 3rd place: Bronze Cairo - Best Short Film

2007 Chicago International Children's Film Festival

1- Won: Adult's Jury Award - Certificate of Merit Live-Action Short Film or Video
2- Won: Peace Prize

2007 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

1- Won:Press Award - International Competition
2- Won: Special Mention of the Jury - International Competition


1- Amreeka (2009) (Director, Producer, Writer)
2- The L Word (2006–2008) (Writer)
3- Make a Wish (2006) (Director, Producer, Writer - short film)

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