Mahmoud Kaabour, Creative Director
Mr. Kaabour is an award-winning director, writer, and lecturer from Lebanon, based in the United Arab Emirates. With the record-setting successes of his documentary work, he has emerged as one of the most distinguished filmmakers in the region. He was named to the “100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40” list in 2015.
His ground-breaking film Teta, Alf Marra (Grandma, a Thousand Times) screened to packed houses in over 60 cities worldwide, scooping up 7 major Audience awards and Best Film awards in London, Mumbai, Mexico City, Qatar, Syria, and China. With glowing reviews from top global press (including a “New York Times critics pick”), his film was the first Academy Awards qualification for a documentary produced in the GCC.
His film, Champ of the Camp, about the Bollywood singing competition in the labor camps of the UAE, is the first creative documentary to explore the world of the migrant laborers of the Gulf region. It premiered to popular and critical acclaim in a landmark screening at the Dubai International Film Festival in Dec 2013 and won “Best Production of 2013” from the Digital Studio Awards. The project has been covered extensively by global press including CNN, BBC, al Jazeera, France24, NPR, and the International Herald Tribune. For his work on this film, Kaabour was awarded Esquire Magazine’s “Humanitarian Award” in the Man at His Best awards.
Kaabour graduated with distinction from the Mel Oppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal. His first 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 and was aired on twelve international channels. It also made him the youngest commissioned filmmaker in the history of Canadian television.
Kaabour's commercial work includes directing dozens of tailor-made documentaries and corporate films for the UAE’s top governmental entities and companies. Having grown up in the UAE, Mahmoud brings a directing style that balances sophisticated documentary approaches with an understanding of this region’s unique sensibilities and future aspirations. Kaabour also provides media consultancy and curatorial services, as well as teaching master documentary classes to up-and-coming filmmakers.
In his spare time, Mahmoud is an avid listener of classical music and opera, a yogi and an enthusiastic walker of bridges around the world.