Samirah Alkassim

Samirah Alkassim
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Term Assistant Professor in Film Theory, Film and Video Studies, CVPA

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Samirah Alkassim is an experimental documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film Theory at George Mason University. She is the co-editor of the Palgrave Studies in Arab Cinema and her publications include the co-authored book The Cinema of Muhammad Malas (Palgrave, 2018), contributions to Cinema of the Arab World: Contemporary Directions in Theory and Practice (Palgrave, 2020), the Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema, 2nd Edition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020), as well as chapters in Refocus: The Films of Jocelyne Saab (Edinburgh University Press, 2021), Gaza on Screen (Duke University Press, 2023), and an anthology text book Global Horror: Hybridity and Alterity in Transnational Horror Film (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2022) which she co-edited. She is currently editing a documentary about Jordanian artist Hani Hourani and researching for her book, A Journey of Screens in 21st Century Arab Film and Media (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2023).


  • MFA, Cinema, San Francisco State University