Occupation: Award-winning documentary filmmaker & founder of Veritas Films
Field(s) of expertise: Art of Storytelling, Filmmaking amid censorship in the Arab world, Labor camps of the Gulf: an insider’s look
Mahmoud Kaabour is a multi award-winning director, writer, and lecturer from Lebanon, based in Dubai. With the record-setting successes of his company’s productions, Veritas Films, he has emerged as the most distinguished documentary filmmaker in the Gulf region. His film festival hit Teta, Alf Marra (Grandma, a Thousand Times) screened to packed houses in over 55 cities worldwide, scooping up a staggering 7 major Audience awards and Best Film awards. Kaabour's recent film, Champ of the Camp, about a Bollywood singing competition in the labor camps of the UAE, is the first creative Arab documentary to explore the controversial world of migrant laborers in the Gulf. In 2015, Mahmoud Kaabour was named to the list of "100 most powerful Arabs under the Age of 40".