FILMMAKERS

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Grayzna Kolondra, Director

Grayzna earned her J.D. in Civil  Law and doctorate in Canon Law.  In traditional legal scholarship she  focused on issues concerning international criminal law, Canon Law, and  the Holy See’s Diplomacy. Her legal research embodies a concern for  human dignity and the protection of human rights. She examines how  visual representation of human suffering can affect the practice of  human rights advocacy.  Kolondra has interviewed Syrian and Iraqi  refugees in Amman, Jordan. She visited the UNHCR, UNESCO, and WFP  compounds at Za’atari refugee camp and Azraq refugee camp. She is  directing the feature length documentary “Crossing Desert and Sea.”  She  is advised by faculty at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and  highlighted as "a true example of compassion and perseverance." 

FEATURED PRODUCTION CREW

Sama Wareh

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 Sama Wareh founded the “Art Therapy Program at Tuyoor  Al Amal school for refugee children in Lebanon.” She holds a Masters of  Science degree in Environmental Education and Communication and a  Bachelors Degree in Film making and Art from California State University  Fullerton. She has participated in art shows in venues all over the  country (including galleries in Laguna Beach, the Bowers Museum and the  Zeitgeist Multicultural Institute in New Orleans). Sama has illustrated  children’s books, and has sold art internationally for over 13 years.  Sama is author of the award winning book “How to Draw 60 Native  California Plants and Animals: A Field Guide”. She co-founded with her  husband the adventure travel company "Take Your Hat", which specializes  in providing outdoor adventure with a purpose. Sama gave a TED talk in  2014, was recognized with Orange County Register’s OCMETRO 40 Under 40  Award in 2013. 

Ghasson Nazami

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 Ghasson  Nazami is a cinematographer based in Jordan  who graduated from SAE Institute, Amman in 2008 with a degree in Digital  Filmmaking. He joined the Red Sea Institute for Cinematic Arts, Aqaba  in 2010 and holds a MFA in Screenwriting & Cinematography. He also  shares his knowledge as a Cinematography Instructor at filmmaking  workshops and currently teaches Cinematography for film in SAE  Institute, Amman. Ghasson sees cinema as a more of an introspective  & spiritual visual form rather than plain entertainment, for that he  dedicated his lifetime profession. Projects include short narrative  films, documentaries, music videos, corporate films & TV shows. 

Nour Halawani

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 Nour Halawani is a sound recording and sound engineer  who speaks Arabic and English. He attended Princess Sumaya University  For Technology (PSUT) and studied Computer Graphics and Animation  (2010). Afterwards, he earned an M.F.A in Cinematic Arts from the Red  Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts (2012). He has worked in Jordan, UAE,  Qatar, India, and Turkey.