Writer/ Director Najwa Najjar received her BA in Political Science and Economics, and MA in Film and Video production from the US. She has worked in both documentary and fiction since 1999. Her recent feature film Pomegranates and Myrrh (2009) picked up several international awards, was sold worldwide and released theatrically.
Her previous works include several award-winning films also shown at film festivals worldwide (Dubai, Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Hamptons, European Academy Awards): Yasmine Tughani (2006), Naim and Wadee’a (1999), Quintessence of Oblivion (2001), Blue Gold (2004), A Boy Called Mohamad (2002), and They Came from the East (2004), which opened the European Academy Awards. Najjar recently produced a collection of short films by filmmakers around the world after the onslaught on Gaza entitled Gaza Winter (2009).
Her second long feature Eyes of A Thief is presently in development. Najjar has been a speaker in numerous panels on cinema and on the jury on international film festivals. She has reviewed books for acclaimed journals, and her articles on Palestinian cinema have been published in both local and international newspapers. She lives in Palestine.