Duraid Munajim

Duraid Munajim is a Toronto-based film director and a freelance cinematographer. Born in Kuwait in 1972 to an Iraqi father and Iranian mother, Duraid was 17 years of age when his family immigrated to Canada. He began studying anthropology at Vanier College, Montreal but had later received his BFA in film production in 1997 from Concordia University, in Montreal in which he made his thesis film, Tempus Fugit. His work has been screened in festivals around the world, including IDFA in Amsterdam, Dokfest in Munich, as well as festivals in Switzerland, Lebanon, France, and across the U.S. and Canada. Duraid's most recent film, "what I've lost", is a short documentary that has screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Montreal Nouveau film fest, Gulf Film Festival and others. exile & empire: 20 shorts on Iraq, is an experimental 'essay-driven' documentary on Iraq, past and up to the U.S. invasion of 2003, told through a series of short films. In 2007 Duraid worked as one of the principal camera operators on The Hurt Locker, which ended up winning multiple awards internationally, including Best Picture at the 2010 Oscar awards.


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