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Jehane Noujaim is an Egyptian American documentary film director best-known for her films “Control Room” and “Startup.com”. Noujaim began her career as a photographer and filmmaker in Cairo, Egypt, where she grew up. She moved to Boston in 1990 and graduated from Harvard University in 1992. The same year, before her graduation, Noujaim was awarded the Gardiner fellowship, under which she directed “Mokattam”, an Arabic film about a garbage collecting village near Cairo in Egypt. She joined the MTV News and Documentary division as a producer for the documentary series, “Unfiltered”.
Noujaim left her producing job at MTV to produce and direct “Startup.com”, which won the Directors Guild of America and International Documentary Association Awards for best documentary. She has since worked in both the Middle East and the U.S. as a director and cinematographer on various documentaries including “Born Rich”, “Only the Strong Survive”, and “Down from the Mountain”. In 2004, she directed the feature length, highly acclaimed film “Control Room: Different Channels. Different Truth”, a documentary about U.S. Central Command and its relations with Al Jazeera and other news organizations that covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
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