Iman Kamal Zawahry-2009 Recipient

Iman Zawahry

Major: Film
Degree: Masters (MFA)
School: Florida State University
Sponsor: ISF


Iman is currently teaching Film at University of Florida. She is also the Film Grant Director at ISF.

Message to Supporters:
Our culture encourages studies in the sciences and many times discourages careers in other areas, especially in the artistic fields. ISF encourages Muslims to venture into other fields and provides hope and opportunities for those whose talents exist outside the sciences. Furthermore, ISF helps to create jobs where American-Muslims are needed in our society, thus strengthening Muslims in America.

Bio: Iman Zawahry was born in Panama City, Florida in 1980. To get through the mundane and interesting societal norms of Panama City, Iman and her friends used movies and their young imagination to pass the time. They created spoof productions of the Arsenio Hall show and 90210, complete with full commercial breaks in between. In 1998, she moved to Gainesville, FL to attend the University of Florida where she received a BA in Religion and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Upon graduation Iman worked with Bridges TV, the first American Muslim Television network, as a free-lance journalist. In 2006 Iman attended Florida State University Film School and directed three short films, of which “Tough Crowd” was awarded an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Student Emmy Award and the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Award of Merit. “Tough Crowd” has also been accepted to over 15 film festivals around the country.  In 2008 Iman was awarded the Princess Grace Award and is in currently finishing her fourth film in the fall.

Areas of Interest:

Film, Film Industry


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