JEHANE NOUJAIM / THE SQUARE

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JEHANE NOUJAIM / THE SQUARE

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Born to an Egyptian/Lebanese/Syrian father and an American mother, Jehane Noujaim grew up in Cairo, Egypt before coming to the US to study.

She began her movie making career at Harvard College, where she directed Mokattam, a film about the community of garbage collectors (Garbage Village) outside Cairo.

After graduating, she worked at the MTV news documentary division.

In 2001, she directed the award-winning documentary Startup.com. She followed it in 2003 with the documentary Control Room about Al Jazeera, the U.S. military’s Central Command and their contrasting ways of reporting the United States’ invasion of Iraq.

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