School of Communication
Additional Positions at AUCo-Director, Center for Media and Social Impact
Associate Division Director, Film and Media Arts Division
- Maher’s creative work concentrates on national and international women’s issues with a particular focus on the Middle East and more recently women’s health. Maher’s previous award winning documentary, Veiled Voices, followed three Muslim religious leaders in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon and screened on over 150 public televisions stations across the United States with multiple national satellite broadcasts. The film was also featured in numerous international film festivals, including Al Jazeera Documentary Film Festival and the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival and is distributed by Arab Film Distribution. In 2005, she taught and worked in Lebanon as a Fulbright Senior Scholar where she filmed a festival award winning fiction short, AWOL, shot on location in in the Bekaa Valley and distributed by Third World Newsreel. Before that she wrote, directed and produced the feature film Adrift in the Heartland, shot in the West Bank and Chicago. Her films have screened at international film festivals throughout the United States. Maher’s scholarly writing focuses on the interplay between traditional film and new media theories. Her additional award-winning film work has shown in festivals in the U.S. and abroad. Her writings have been published by Cilect, the International Digital Media Arts Conference Journal and featured in the D|N|A Anthology. Maher’s contribution to the academy further includes her roles as the co-executive editor of the online Journal for Digital Media Arts and Practice, incoming president of the International Digital Media Arts Association and Conference Vice President for the University Film and Video Association. Maher teaches digital media and editing courses for the School of Communication at American University.
DegreesMFA Radio/Television/Film Department, Northwestern University BA Philosophy/International Affairs, Minor in Cinema Studies, The Colorado College
Favorite Spot on Campus:Center for Media and Social Impact Office
Book Currently Reading:The Marketplace of Attention
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
THE MAMA SHERPAS (2015). Producer and Director. HD. The Mama Sherpas is a feature-length documentary that will provide a personal glimpse into what midwives can bring to the birthing process in the hospital system. The film is executively produced by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein and distributed by Bond Influence.
VEILED VOICES. Producer and Director. HD. The feature-length documentary investigates the role of Muslim women leaders in contemporary Islam.
A MOSQUE OF HER OWN (ongoing). Interactive Documentary. Executive Producer and Creative Director (in collaboration with Nick Ray and Meng Wang). The interactive documentary (i-Doc) explores an all women mosque in the Hui community of Kaifeng, China.
A.W.O.L. (2005). Producer, Writer, and Director. DVCAM. The eighteen-minute fictional short about an encounter between an army deserter and a desert family in Iraq, evokes a wealth of cross-cultural ambiguities and tensions generated by the war. Distributed by Third World Newsreel (www.twn.org).