Born in Beirut in 1960, Youmna started her career in cinema as a freelancer in 1997. Having practised all film trades as a screenwriter, assistant director and production manager of approximately 18 documentaries and one feature film, Youmna decided it was time to follow her passion and become more involved in artistic and dramatic aspects of filmmaking.
In 2003, she wrote and directed her first documentary, Discover the National Museum II, a 26- minute film on the archaeological works of art at display at the Lebanese National Museum.
In 2005, she conducted intensive fieldwork in Bab Al-Tabbaneh, one of the most deprived and neglected regions in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
As part of her fieldwork, she wrote her short film Washam bi Al’ayn / Tattooed Eye exploring specific aspects of their daily living conditions to draw public attention to their cause.
Produced in 2007, the film was first released in theatres and participated in many International film Festivals.