Hisham Bizri is a film director, writer, and producer born in Beirut, Lebanon. He started working in films in the US and in Hungary with Stan Brakhage, Raúl Ruiz, and Miklós Jancsó. He has directed 29 short films and has written a number of screenplays adapted from the fiction of Gilgamesh, Jorge Luis Borges, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Al-Tayyib Salih, and James Joyce. In 2021, he directed “Elektra, My Love,” his first feature film which he also wrote and produced.
Bizri taught film directing in the US, Lebanon, Korea, Japan, Ireland, and Jordan where he founded a number of filmmaking programs. Most recently, he has served as a tenured Professor of Filmmaking and Screenwriting at Brown University.
Bizri’s work has been shown in international venues including Sundance, Berlin, Beirut, Oberhausen, Tribeca, Moscow, and Abu Dhabi film festivals as well as the Louvre, Institut du Monde Arabe, Cinémathèque Française, Centre Pompidou, MoMa, Harvard and Anthology Film Archives (NY). He is recipient of awards such as the McKnight, Salomon, LEF, Jerome, Rockefeller, Ford, Guggenheim, and the “Rome Prize” from the American Academy. In 2017, he was awarded The Andrei Tarkovsky Prize for best director.
In 2005, Bizri co-founded The Arab Institute of Film in Jordan with the Syrian filmmaker Omar Amiralay and Danish producer Jakob Høgel, with support from the Danish government, International Media Support (Denmark), and the Ford Foundation. He served as Producer at Future TV (Lebanon), Creative Director of Orbit Communications Company (Rome), and President & Creative Director of Levantine Films (NYC). In 2019, he founded Mimera Films.
Bizri is currently living in Berlin and working on a feature film based on the life of Jesus written by the Danish film director Carl Theodor Dreyer. He is also preparing a feature film he wrote after Joyce’s Ulysses and set in New Orleans.