Areeb Zuaiter is a multinational visual storyteller living between Amman, Jordan and the Washington DC Metropolitan area in the USA. Her work focuses on art, identity and social issues. Areeb’s passion is to build bridges between the east and the west and to support rising voices in the Arab world and its diaspora.
Areeb has directed and produced short films that were filmed around the world. Her films have been nominated in festivals such as Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France and Aichi Friendship Film Festival in Japan.
Areeb's thesis documentary was nominated for Sony’s Outstanding Thesis Award in Washington, DC. Her 16mm short “Stained” won the Jury Prize at the European Film Festival in Lebanon.
"Colors of Resistance", the latest documentary from Areeb Zuaiter, has won multiple awards internationally and is currently fulfilling its national and international film festival run.
Areeb is currently working on her debut feature documentary "Yalla Parkour" and a short narrative film "One Last Wish".
Areeb Zuaiter led the Regional Training Department at the Royal Film Commission - Jordan. She worked for the Associated Press with the latest technologies in production and broadcasting.
Zuaiter spent a year at the National Museum of American History as a Goldman Sachs Film and Video Fellow where she produced some of the Museum’s key film projects.
Between 2016 - 2018, Zuaiter was on the evaluation committee of some of the most competitive programs that cater to the Middle East and North Africa. Those programs include Rawi Screenwriters Lab - the Arab version of Sundance Screenwriters Lab - and the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Med Film Factory.
Zuaiter currently teaches Visual Literacy, Media Production II and History of Documentary at two of Washington, D.C.’s major schools of communication: American University's School of Communication and Howard University's Cathy Hughes School of Communications.
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"A Palestinian Jordanian American, Zuaiter said she grew up in an open family living in a closed society in Saudi Arabia. Like her mother, she found her freedom and an outlet for her creativity in painting. Then she transferred that passion into filmmaking."