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MENAFN - Qatar News Agency - 10/03/2014
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(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Academy Award-Nominated Director of The Square, Jehane Noujaim will be the graduation speaker at Northwestern University in Qatar's ceremony on May 4, the university announced Sunday. Noujaim's documentary, The Square, is the first Egyptian film to receive an Oscar nomination. An Egyptian-American filmmaker, Noujaim has directed a number of documentaries and projects on a wide range of issues related to media, democracy and freedom of expression. Her 2004 acclaimed documentary, Control Room, featured Al Jazeera and was filmed in Qatar. In the same bold and timely fashion, The Square offers engaging, real-life insights into the developments that have enveloped Egypt since demonstrators first took to the streets in January 2011. The Square won the Audience Award at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. Noujaim received the Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature along with co-director Karim Amer. Commenting on the choice of the speaker, NU-Q Dean and CEO Everette Dennis said, "We seek a person who exemplifies the values of Northwestern University in Qatar and its commitment to freedom of expression while selecting a graduation speaker. "A person whose life and work represents the world of communication, journalism and liberal arts as well as one who connects the Middle East and Arab world with the US. We are interested in an achiever. Jehane Noujaim is such an individual


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