Nujoom Alghanem is an Emirati poet, scriptwriter and multi- award-winning film director. She has produced eleven films including five short fiction films and six feature length documentaries. Her last four documentaries have won several local, regional and international prizes.
She was born in Dubai in 1962 and graduated with an MA in Media Production from the School of Film, Griffith University in Australia in 1999.
Alghanem started her professional career in 1980 when she worked as a journalist for more than ten years. An active and well-established writer and filmmaker in the Arab world, she recently became a board member of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
Alghanem’s feature documentary Nearby Sky won Best Non-Fiction Film at the Eleventh Dubai International Film Festival. She also received the Best Emirati Female Filmmaker Award at the Fifth Dubai International Film Festival for Al Mureed.
She currently works as a film, media and cultural consultant as well as film instructor for educational and professional institutes and organizations in the UAE.
Al Ghanem regularly participates in festivals and cultural events in the Arab World and Europe. She appeared regularly at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature from 2009 to 2013, and participated in the inaugural Desert Stanzas.