A Palestinian woman of Christian background from Jordan, Hanan Kattan has broken down the barriers imposed by Middle Eastern culture and tradition to become not only a successful business woman, but a film producer with her own production company – producing and selling two feature films back-to-back without any prior experience in the film industry.
Hanan successfully shepherded her debut film, “I Can’t Think Straight” through the script stage and into financing before attaching a talented cast and crew and running the project through production.
“The World Unseen” has already gone on to win seven awards to date, was selected into the Toronto film festival’s prestigious Discovery section for the world premier and has picked up 10 nominations at the South African Film and Television Awards.
To add to the list of achievements, Hanan, along her business and life partner, Shamim Sarif, also takes on the task of handling all her own film sales via their company Enlightenment Films and have created their own music label, Enlightenment Records, to release the film sound tracks.
The World Unseen and I Can’t Think Straight will be released in USA and Canada in November 2008. The World Unseen is scheduled for release in South Africa early 2009.
For more information on the films visit http://www.theworldunseenfilm.com http://www.icantthinkstraightfilm.com or http://www.enlightenment-productions.com