“They promised us we could go back. Now, we are not even allowed to enter the country.” Inspired to answer questions about her origins, biracial filmmaker Colette Ghunim embarks on a journey with her parents, Hosni and Iza, back to Palestine and Mexico to locate their original homes.
As a child, Hosni had it all. His parents owned a successful business in Safad, Palestine, built an expansive home on top of a mountain, and often visited family and friends that lived only a few blocks away. In 1948, when Hosni was four years old, his family was forced to flee, taking only what they could carry on their 12-hour walk to Lebanon. Later in life, Hosni heard that Jewish settlers turned their home into an Israeli hospital. Wishing to return to Palestine, he ended up moving to the United States, where he met his wife, Iza.
Iza was born in Mexico City in 1954, her father a well-known tailor for celebrities. He provided his children with love and abundance: a giant ranch house, two maids, and endless gifts. However, he concealed a dark secret, a secret only visible in his home. Iza’s father was a troubled alcoholic, severely abusing his wife whenever he got drunk. One day, Iza’s mother decided to take her children and leave Mexico, escaping from her violent husband forever.
Traces of Home is a feature-length documentary that explores what it means to be both an immigrant and an American. As her parent’s flames of displacement continue to burn decades later, Colette Ghunim examines the effect of never wanting to leave one’s home country in the first place.
Sexual harassment has been a growing problem in Egypt over the last few years, especially in Cairo. UN Women reported that over 99% of Egyptian women have suffered from sexual harassment in their lifetime. Due to the extensive media coverage on the issue, the Egyptian government introduced anti-sexual harassment legislation, making it possible for harassers to face years in prison.
I co-directed The People’s Girls, a an award-winning documentary film on sexual harassment, which takes a closer look at Egypt to see who is to blame and how women are fighting back. Because patriarchal societies often overlook women’s rights violations, this documentary serves as a catalyst for public debate not only in Egypt but internationally, as prominent cases of sexual harassment frequently occur on a global scale.
I have worked with 15+ companies to authentically show their work culture and market their products.
In this example, I shot and edited a 75th Anniversary Video for Wiegel Tool Works, a manufacturing company in Illinois. Interviewing over 10 people, I was able to weave the incredible story together of the company's past, present, and future.
I shot and edited this documentary-style video about Family Focus, an organization supporting youth and families in the Chicagoland region. This was shown at their anniversary gala, in front of over 500 people.
I shot and edited multiple crowdfunding videos for a variety of companies.
This video was for Chicago Comb Co., who led a successful Kickstarter campaign with this video.
I have filmed multiple corporate and cultural events. This is from a presentation I documented at Mezcla Media Collective’s launch event.
I shot and edited for Skill Scout, a new startup that is transforming HR through job videos and hands-on applications. I created over 15 videos for their clients, from the interview to final edits.
I edited short-form videos featuring water projects from Rotary Clubs globally for the 2014 Rotary International Convention.