Home of Cine-Jam is an association for Humanitarian Arts.
We produce films that portray authentic emotions with the purpose of helping humans heal and develop empathy towards each other.
We host filmmaking workshops to support filmmakers in the search for their stories, and discover the authentic and unique artist they have within.
We strive to help our society through emotional, social and educational films.
In a world divided by race, hatred, religion and politics, we are working on bringing people together again and promoting listening to each other.
We are headed towards a generation consumed by technology and robotization. We are aware of the positive and negative impacts of such an evolution and we take on the responsibility of preserving raw human stories and emotions through audiovisual arts, a library that will be valuable for generations to come and continue to induce social and emotional healing.
Zyara is an award-winning documentary series that paints poetic portraits of people. Through 5-minute episodes, Zyara manages to engrave parts of its subjects’ souls, some of their stories and most of all, their emotions.
The first “intuitive film lab” in the Arab world and the Middle East, aiming to reconnect filmmakers with their intuitive creative powers and guide them to dissect their emotions and turn them into audio visual elements that will compose fragments of their short films.
A multiple award-winning cinematographer from Beirut-Lebanon, considered to be the first camerawoman in the Arab world.
Works include Mercedes and Ya Omri by Hady Zaccak, and fiction films such as Michel Kammoun’s Falafel and George Hashem’s Stray Bullet.
For Muriel, learning and teaching are the ultimate destination and the greatest act of resistance.
Muriel Aboulrouss is an award-winning cinematographer from Beirut, Lebanon. She is the first woman to actually work as a cinematographer in the Arab World.
Muriel has been working very selectively for the past 25 years on documentaries and feature films following her passion, exercising the art of making films. She shot:
Her numerous cinematography credits include award-winning documentaries as well: “The Oil Spill”, "Lesson in History”, "Marcedes" and “Ya Omri”, all by Hady Zaccak.
Muriel is also the cinematographer for “Shankaboot”, the first Arab web series produced by the BBC trust fund and Batoota Films. It won Reflet d’Or for Best Web Series Fiction at Geneva Film Festival 2010, and the Digital Emmy Award in 2011.
As a teacher and lecturer, Muriel created and led Cine-Jam the Film Lab since 2012. She relaunched the Home of Cine-Jam Intuitive Film Lab in 2021 (previously Cine-Jam), where she conducted “Ana Beirut”, a series of 10 -12 episodes, in faith that authentic art and intuitive cinematic portraits of emotions will heal and empower their creators as well as their viewers.
In 2014, she debuted as a director with “Zyara the Documentary Series”, produced by her own humanitarian arts association "Home of Cine-Jam", which she set up together with Denise Jabbour. Zyara has won 45 international awards so far and a new season of 12 episodes will be produced every year.
Denise started her career as agency producer at TBWA/RAAD, and moved back to Lebanon to work on storytelling.
She worked on award winning projects Shankaboot and Fasateen.
She is currently running the MENA Media fund for Visionaire Media as the head of production and development in the Middle East.
Denise Jabbour is a Creative Producer from Beirut, Lebanon.
She started her career as the agency producer at TBWA/RAAD Dubai, United Arab Emirates, handling print, radio, and TVC productions for many prestigious brands.
After a few years, she moved back to Lebanon to work on storytelling.
She worked with Batoota Films and the BBC Trust Fund on Arabic web-drama series:
Since 2009, she has been handling Middle East productions for “Visionaire Media” and “Layalina Productions”, working on projects such as "American Caravan", "Injaz", "Trading Places" and "On the Road in America".
In 2014, she created and produced "Zyara the Documentary Series", as the first creation of her humanitarian arts association “Home of Cine-Jam”, which she set up together with Muriel Aboulrouss.
Zyara won 45 international awards so far and a new season of 12 episodes will be produced every year.
Currently she is running the MENA Media Fund for “Visionaire Media” as the head of production and development in the Middle East. 2020 projects include: ‘Confessions of a Runner’, ‘Daughters of Darkness’, ‘Confessions from the War’ and ‘Project Soar’.
Through it all, she has been enjoying life fully, learning from every adventure she embarks on, working with amazing partners, surrounded by a passionate film crew, and most of all – at the end of each journey – delivering a beautiful story to audiences across the world.
Financial contribution: Zyara Budget / Filmlab Budget
Connecting Zyara with schools/universities for screenings
Connecting Zyara to a platform/distribution
Invite us to screen Zyara around the world
Invite us to masterclasses about the intuitive creative process
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