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SOC Alums Share Success, Film Screenings

By Devan Kaney

American University School of Communication alumna Najwa Najjar directing.

American University School of Communication alumna Najwa Najjar has won several awards for her films.

American University alumni Najwa Najjar (SOC/MA ’91) and Ted Roach (SOC/MFA ’11)  screened their most recent films on campus on OCtober 22 and 23. 

SOC hosted a free screening of Najjar's film in the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater. "Eyes of a Thief" is a thriller and was Palestine’s nomination for the Best Foreign Film category at the 2015 Academy Awards. 

Najjar is a Palestinian-Jordanian filmmaker and her past work includes both fiction and documentary films. She received her MA from American University in Film and Video Production. Her films have won many international awards and garnered critical acclaim. 

Roach’s film “120 Days” captures an inside look at the lives of a family of undocumented immigrants who have been working in the United States illegally for over twelve years. The film documents the fathers last official “120 Days” in the United States. 

“120 Days” was the second film screened in this year’s Human Rights Film Series – AU’s Center for Media & Social Impact’s flagship film event. 

Roach is a filmmaker and freelance editor who has over fifteen years of experience in film, television, and digital media. He runs his own production company primarily out of New York City.