Filmmaker | Professor

Rana Kazkaz is an award-winning Filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Communication at Northwestern University in Qatar where she teaches narrative filmmaking.  Kazkaz’s films have been recognized at the world’s leading film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca and others.

She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University/Moscow Art Theater and BA from Oberlin College. She earned certificates from the American Film Institute where she attended the Directing Workshop for Women and from the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut.

Her filmography includes Mare Nostrum (2016) which has been selected in over 100 international film festivals and has won more than 30 awards, Searching for the Translator (2016), Ham (2013), Deaf Day (2011), Exquisite Corpse (2009), and Kemo Sabe (2007). Her next film, The Translator (2020), won several development awards including the Arte Award at L’Atelier de la Cinefondation at the Cannes Film Festival (2017), the CNC Award at Meetings on the Bridge at the Istanbul Film Festival (2017) and a Tribeca Alumni Grant (2018).