The Team

Naja Al-Ashkar

Chief Executive and Artistic Director

 

Founder of Nadi Lekol Nas, Naja also acts as its Chief Executive and Artistic Director. Throughout the years, Naja proactively worked on expanding the remit of the organization. From the stream of work focusing on restoration, digitization of old Levantine artwork, Naja developed Nadi Lekol Nas’ outreach program into different strands to reach out to the widest audience possible. He is also responsible for building partnerships and expanding the network of Nadi Lekol Nas in the region and beyond.

Myriam Sassine

Vice President

 

Myriam Sassine majored in Cinema Studies at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) in 2005 and received her MA in Cinema Research in 2009. In 2012, she became an Associate Producer at Abbout Productions working on several feature films. She produced Lebanon Factory (Opened the Director’s Fortnight – Cannes Film Festival 2017), the restoration of Ila Ayn? the first Lebanese auteur film, and many feature documentaries. Myriam is the COO of Schortcut Films, dedicated to coproducing international features and the executive director of Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, the first fantastic film festival in the Middle East. 

Myriam joined Nadi Lekol Nas in 2005 and acts today as the organization’s vice president. She planned and supervised several of the association’s endeavours such as film retrospectives, concerts, film restoration, etc…



Liana Kassir

Archives Officer

 

Liana Kassir completed her Higher Education in Audiovisual Studies in Paris (2010), and wrote her final dissertation about Lebanese cinema during the war. Liana works as a screenwriter, director, curator, film club host and a programmer at film festivals. 

As Nadi Lekol Nas’ archives officer, she is in charge of the restoration, digitization and archive of films and acts as coordinator of the media library Beit El-Cinema.

Hala Caroline Abou Zaki

PR / Board Member

 

Hala Caroline Abou Zaki is an anthropologist. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology and Ethnology from the Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and obtained a diploma in Cinema Studies from the Institut d’Études Scéniques et Audiovisuelles of Saint Joseph University in Beirut. Her research focuses on conflicts and migrations in the Middle East, and more specifically on Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, migrations from Syria to Lebanon and Palestinian and Syrian families’ dispersal in conflicts context. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Brookes University. Hala has been part of Nadi Lekol Nas since 2008. She actively contributes to several of the association’s activities (film retrospectives, festivals…).



Flavia Juska Bechara

ASFF Coordinator

 

Born in 1985, Flavia Juska Bechara is a self-taught actress and photographer. Her curiosity never failed to push her to try all sorts of jobs in the film industry. After playing the lead role in two international multi-award winning feature films (The Kite 2004 and Adam’s Wall 2009), and in the Lebanese drama (Awake 2019), she recently aimed to discover her skills in photography and writing, which proved to be the ideal process to convey her emotions. Flavia is into film, poetry, music.

Nisreen Massoud

Media and Translation

 

Nisreen Massoud obtained her BA in Theatre at the Lebanese University, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences. Alongside being a voice-over talent with over 20 years of experience in dubbing, and a drama teacher, she has been doing translation and time code services for Nadi Lekol Nas since 2009: The Most Beautiful of all Mothers and all for the Fatherland by Maroun Bagdadi, Lebanon War by Palestinian Cinema Institution to name a few… 

In addition to being a translator, Nisreen is also a social media specialist at Nadi Lekol Nas, networking to promote and publish the organisation's content.