The film is executive produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras and was just pitched at DocsBarcelona Forum. It reveals the human cost of the Iraq war through the never-before-seen stories of displaced Iraqi refugees in America. I am still fundraising to finish its post-production.
The film won Link TV national award winner for best documentary on American Muslim women. It profiles a former US soldier trading her military helmet for the Muslim veil and transforming her community.
My short, Soul Mechanic, which made the Metro cover of the Washington Post, profiles a car mechanic trying to mend religious intolerance through his unique art in his car repair shop. The film inspired me to make a music video that in 60 seconds informs people about Islam through the art of a car mechanic.
While living in Prague, seeing their overt discrimination against minority Roma led me to make Sterile Dreams. The feature documentary follows the journey of four related Roma or gypsy women as they try to deal with their forced sterilization. In Prague I also experimented with my first short fiction, Emilie. I was born and raised in Kuwait. I went to American University in Cairo and then received my MA in International Journalism & Public Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. I worked in TV news production at ABC and NBC affiliates and now I film and edit Power Breakfast, a news show on Congress for NBC in Washington. My media work received a Christopher's Making a Difference Award and the Writer's Guild of America-East Award. I am a fellow of BAVC Producers Lab
and of the Progressive Women's Voices at Jane Fonda's Women's Media Center in NYC. More at: www.JehanHarney.com