OUR ORGANIZING TEAM
Nezar Andary, Artistic Director
Nezar Andary received his bachelor's from Columbia University and his PhD from UCLA. Andary is passionate about fusion and is an accomplished academic, writer, filmmaker and curator.
As a film producer and director, Andary's feature documentary entitled 'Unlocking Doors of Cinema' pays respect to an auteur, premiered at the Cairo International Film Festival in 2019. Andary has simultaneously over the last four years produced over 10 documentary shorts for Arab Film Studio that have screened in over 50 festivals.
Andary holds the position of Associate Professor at Zayed University. He teaches classes on literature, cinema, and Environmental Humanities. His most recent publications include a work on Anthony Shadid, “Homage to Anthony Shadid: Literature of a Journalist,” as well as a study on Ibn Khaldun in contemporary culture and theatre, entitled “Confronting the Symbol of the Intellectual.” Andary is the co-editor of a book series, Focus on Arab Cinema for Palgrave MacMillan, and has recently published a book entitled Cinema of Muhammad Malas: Visions of a Syrian Auteur.
Andary has curated various screenings in the UAE over the last fifteen years, most recently a series on Tolerance at Manaarat Saadiyat. .
With his own production Memories of Childhood a theatrical performance, he introduced the concept of documentary theatre to the UAE.
Andary’s hope is that Al Sidr Environmental Film Festival becomes a strong tradition in the Arab World.