Jihan El-Tahri

Jihan El Tahri. Writer, director and producer of documentary films. She is a French and Egyptian national.

El Tahri started her career as a foreign correspondent covering Middle East Politics. In 1990 she began directing and producing documentaries for the BBC, PBS, Arte and other international broadcasters. Her award winning documentaries include Nasser, which premiered in the official selection at Toronto International Festival; Behind the Rainbow; Cuba, an African Odyssey, and the Emmy nominated House of Saud. Her writings include, in French, “The Seven Lifes of Yasser Arafat” and, in English, “Israel and the Arabs, The 50 Years war”. She served as treasurer of the Guild of African Filmmakers in the Diaspora, as advisor on Focus Feature’s Africa First program and as regional secretary of the Federation of Pan African Cinema (FEPACI).

In 2017 she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars). She is a mentor at various documentary filmmaking organisations in Europe and Africa. Her recent work as a Visual Artist include exhibitions in France (Centre Pompidou), Berlin (HKW and IFA Gallery), Norway (National Museum), Mexico (San Ildefonso) and Poland (MoMa).