Iman Zawahry

Iman Zawahry, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Media Production, Management, and Technology lecturer and award-winning filmmaker, was part of a seven-member panel tasked with assembling the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the world. The members, all with film festival expertise, were profiled in “Meet the Panel of…

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Posted: July 25, 2022

Iman Zawahry, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Media Production, Management, and Technology lecturer and award-winning filmmaker, was one of more than 200 prominent American Muslims to attend a White House reception celebrating Eid al-Fitr on May 2. Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim religious holiday marking the end…

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Posted: May 5, 2022

CJC Media Production, Management, and Technology Lecturer Iman Zawahry was interviewed on March 3, 2021 about being a Muslim filmmaker in the U.S., the challenges of affecting social change with comedy, and mentoring aspiring artists. Below the video is an edited transcript of that interview. How did you develop your…

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Posted: March 31, 2022

Iman Zawahry, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Media Production, Management, and Technology lecturer and award-winning filmmaker, has received a Momentum Fellowship from the Sundance Institute. The Fellowship supports professional development for mid-career artists from historically marginalized communities as they explore and develop their creative practice. Zawahry is…

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Posted: March 9, 2022

Iman Zawahry, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Media Production, Management, and Technology lecturer and award-winning filmmaker, has received the Grand Prize and Best Narrative Feature Award at the 2022 Amelia Island Film Festival, as well as the Director’s Choice Best Feature Comedy Award from the 2022 Sedona…

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Posted: March 2, 2022

Iman Zawahry, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Media Production, Management, and Technology lecturer and award-winning filmmaker, was named Best Feature Director for her film “Americanish” at the LA Femme International Film Festival 2021. This premiere film festival celebrates, supports and advances content creation by women producers, writers…

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Posted: October 19, 2021

Iman Zawahry, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Media Production, Management, and Technology lecturer and award-winning filmmaker, was awarded the Narrative Feature Grand Prize for her film “Americanish” from the 30th Heartland International Film Festival (HIFF) in Indianapolis on Oct. 15. This is the fourth honor for “Americanish.”…

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Posted: October 15, 2021

Iman Zawahry, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Media Production, Management, and Technology lecturer and award-winning filmmaker, recently received the Audience Award for her film “Americanish” from the Asian CineVision Asian American International Film Festival. This is the third Audience Award for “Americanish.” The film also received the…

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Posted: September 7, 2021

Iman Zawahry, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication lecturer, and her new film are featured in “UF Lecturer’s New American Muslim Rom-Com, ‘Americanish,’ to Premiere May 23” published in the The Gainesville Sun on May 13. “Americanish” is the first American Muslim romantic comedy made by American…

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Posted: May 13, 2021

Iman Zawahry, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication Lecturer, is featured in “Hijabi Filmmaker in USA” published in Hayati magazine. The story features Zawahry’s debut film “Americanish,” which explores the diversity of American communities while exploring what these communities have in common especially when it comes to…

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Posted: May 4, 2021

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications honored outstanding alumni, faculty, staff and graduate and undergraduate students during the annual awards ceremony that was presented virtually on April 16. The College honored five alumni who were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020: Edward Aschoff, S. Journalism…

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Posted: April 16, 2021

CJC Telecommunication Lecturer Iman Zawahry was interviewed on March 3, 2021 about being a Muslim filmmaker in the U.S., the challenges of affecting social change with comedy, and mentoring aspiring artists. Below the video is an edited transcript of that interview. How did you develop your love of filmmaking? Zawahry:…

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Posted: March 18, 2021