“Teta, Alf Marra”
Mahmoud is a multi award-winning filmmaker, writer, and lecturer of Lebanese origin. He graduated with distinction from the Mel Oppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal, after which he pursued a documentary focus at the National Film Board of Canada and the newsroom at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His film Being Osama, the documentary on the lives and times of six men sharing bin Laden’s first name in the post 9/11 world, received four international awards to date and was aired on twelve international channels. It also made him the youngest commissioned filmmaker in the history of Canadian television. Mahmoud is the founder and managing director of Veritas Films. His commercial work includes directing tailor-made documenta- ries for the UAE’s brass, including multiple films for The Ministry of Presidential Affairs and The Executive Affairs Authority in Abu Dhabi, not to mention Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, Dubai Investments, and Dubai Holding subsidiaries. Mahmoud’s second feature- length film, Teta, Alf Marra, scooped up the Audience Award for Best Documentary at its world premiere at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, and also honored Mahmoud with a special jury mention for Best Arab Filmmaker.