Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis is an accomplished Palestinian American Film and Television Director / Writer / Producer. Her feature debut AMREEKA world-premiered in competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the coveted FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at Cannes. It went on to win a dozen more international awards, including the Humanitas Prize, was nominated for a Best Picture Gotham Award, 3 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture, and was named one of the Top Ten Independent Films of the Year by the National Board of Review. Dabis was also named one of Variety’s 2009 “Ten Directors to Watch.” Amreeka was released to critical acclaim worldwide and became the most-screened Arab-directed film in U.S.-cinema history. Dabis returned to Sundance with her second feature MAY IN THE SUMMER, which opened the 2013 Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition and had its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival. In it, she made her onscreen debut in the title role. She is currently in development on her third feature WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE, based on the New York Times notable book. Anonymous Content is producing. Dabis has worked intensively in television, as both a director and writer in premium cable, streaming and network. Her credits include Showtime’s groundbreaking original series THE L WORD, Fox’s hit EMPIRE, USA Network’s THE SINNER and Starz’s SWEETBITTER. Currently, she is co-executive producing and directing Hulu’s new half hour comedy RAMY.