in 2017, Shahinaz founded Lagoonie. Since then she has managed to produce and distribute 11 films of
different Arab nationalities, including the award-winning FEATHERS (Egypt), THE ALLEYS and DAUGHTERS OF
ABDULRAHMAN from Jordan, AMIRA and HUDA'S SALON from Palestine and others.
What character do you identify with?
Hard to tell; I am just me, not related to a specific character.
Who’s your hero?
A mother who takes care of her children on her own, got no help
but herself, struggling to provide for her children's needs; she is
my real Hero.
What’s the industry’s most troubling trend?
2024 will be the year that MENA finally does what?
I think that we are finally more open to the world in MENA. For
many years we were enclosed in our ideas, but now we are
exchanging ideas with others all over the world
What was your first job?
A teacher at my dad’s school.
What’s your secret daily habit or guilty pleasure?
What would have been your dream job if you didn’t end up doing
what you’re doing?
Sailing with my dogs, doing nothing but fishing and eating grilled
fish, and enjoying watching birds.