Jehane Noujaim is an Academy Award nominated director and one of two nonfiction directors to have won the Directors Guild Award twice. Her most recent film is The Great Hack, a documentary uncovering the methods by which political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica weaponized data from Facebook member profiles to influence the political process of the US, UK, and other countries around the world.
Noujaim’s Oscar nominated film The Square (2013) won the audience award at both Sundance and Toronto. The Square is an on-the-ground account of the Egyptian revolution and its aftermath which follows a group of activists as they risk their lives in the uprising that ousted Mubarak only to face further threats under the transitional military regime.
Noujaim’s The Breadwinner (2017), an animated feature which she executive produced with Angelina Jolie, was nominated for a 2018 Academy Award.
She has produced and directed other award winning documentary features including Rafea: Solar Mama (2013), Control Room (2004) and Startup.com (2001).
Noujaim’s work has been nominated by the DGA, IDA, Independent Spirit and several Critics Association Awards.
She is the recipient of the 2006 TED Prize with which she created Pangea Day, a world-uniting international celebration of film.
Born in Washington DC and raised in Kuwait and Cairo, Noujaim graduated Harvard Magna cum laude in visual arts and philosophy.