Michael Kamel, MANAGING Director

Michael Kamel is the Managing Director of the DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival (DCPFAF). A filmmaker and a curator with a desire to empower other content creators, Michael has been involved with DCPFAF since 2013, and served as co-director and head curator from 2017-2019. His passion for people, justice, and compelling narratives drive his goal to provide a nuanced platform for often unheard or poorly represented subjects. He explores themes of trauma, loss, identity, and relationships in his film and photography projects. View more of his work here.

DCPFAF in one word: Innovative
Favorite film or work of art by a Palestinian: 3000 Nights by Mai Masri


Nusayba Hammad, OUTREACH Director

Nusayba Hammad is DCPFAF’s Outreach Director. Passionate about creating spaces for Palestinian artists, filmmakers, and creatives, Nusayba has been involved with DCPFAF since 2013, serving as Managing Director from 2017-2019 and on the board as Outreach Director since 2015. She is a communications specialist who has worked with UNRWA in East Jerusalem, the UNRWA USA National Committee, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Jadaliyya. Nusayba holds a dual B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of Virginia.

DCPFAF in one word: Magic
Favorite film or work of art by a Palestinian: The Cup Reader by Suha Araj


Lena Ghannam, Creative Director

Lena Ghannam is a designer and journalist. She is an instructor of graphic communications within the Interior Architecture department at The George Washington University's Corcoran School of Art & Design. In 2014 she was the recipient of the US Green Building Council's Greenbuild Scholarship, as well as HKS Architects Mid-Atlantic Design Fellowship. Lena was co-founding editor and later Chief Editor of Review:Amman, a quarterly periodical which showcased visual conversations on Arab art, architecture, and design. In 2015, she was named Creative Director of DCPFAF.

DCPFAF in one word: Family
Favorite film or work of art by a Palestinian: Paradise Now by Hany Abu-Assad


Noura Erakat, Co-Founder

Noura Erakat is a founding board member of DCPFAF. She is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. Her research interests include humanitarian law, refugee law, national security law, and critical race theory. She is a co-founding editor of Jadaliyya e-zine, an editorial committee member of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and serves on the board of the Institute for Policy Studies. Prior to joining GMU's faculty, she served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, as a Legal Advocate for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights, and as the national grassroots organizer and legal advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Noura is the coeditor of Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures, an anthology related to the 2011 and 2012 Palestine bids for statehood at the UN. More recently, Noura released a pedagogical project on the Gaza Strip and Palestine, which includes a short multimedia documentary, Gaza In Context, that rehabilitates Israel’s wars on Gaza within a settler-colonial framework. She is also the producer of the short video, Black Palestinian Solidarity. Noura’s media appearances include CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, PBS NewsHour, BBC World Service, NPR, Democracy Now!, and Al Jazeera. She has published in the Nation, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Huffington Post, Jezebel, IntlLawGrrls, The Hill, and Foreign Policy, among others. Noura is the author of Justice for Some: Law As Politics in the Question of Palestine (forthcoming Stanford University Press, 2019).

DCPFAF in one word: Visionary
Favorite film or work of art by a Palestinian: Nation Estate by Larissa Sansour


Nada El-Eryan, Grants DIRECTOR

Nada El-Eryan is a nonprofit professional with over 13 years of experience in helping communities thrive by creating and implementing new programs, managing projects, strategic planning, and grants management. Inspired by the potential for positive change, Nada earned a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech. A longtime supporter of DCPFAF, Nada joined as a volunteer in 2017 and currently serves on the board as Grants Director.

DCPFAF in one word: Magical
Favorite film or work of art by a Palestinian? My aunt's tatreez followed closely by Darwish’s Jawaz il Safar



Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar is a researcher and advocate working on local women's and children's health in the District of Columbia. She is currently the Early Childhood Policy Fellow at DC Action for Children, a local children's advocacy organization and think tank. Since 2017, she has been a volunteer with DCPFAF; currently she serves on the board as Operations Director. Ruqiyyah holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, and a dual B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Texas at Arlington.

DCPFAF in one word: Fam
Favorite film or work of art by a Palestinian: Knafeh