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“Unspoken” is about spoken word poet Farah Chamma who, at the age of 17, became an online sensation after her poems went viral. A well-known poet today, Farah finds her poetry at odds with the world she lives in. The film shows her conflict as she struggles with self-censorship and keeping her poetry authentic and real.  

  • Samia Badih
  • Samia Badih
  • Samia Badih
  • Elias Trad
    Director of Photography
  • Anne De Mo
  • Tony Ruthnam
  • Alicia Gonzalez
    Executive Producer
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    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 11, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United Arab Emirates
  • Country of Filming:
    United Arab Emirates
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Director Biography - Samia Badih

Samia Badih is a documentary filmmaker from Lebanon. She majored in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Maryland in 2008, after receiving her BA in English Literature and Language.
Samia’s first feature-length documentary Rasheed tells the story of her uncle, who died three years before she was born in 1982. In the film, Samia goes on a journey to find the story of her uncle whose death has affected her family.
Unspoken is Samia’s first short documentary film, funded by Image Nation Abu Dhabi as part of the Arab Film Studio documentary filmmaking program.

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Director Statement

I first became familiar with Farah Chamma after coming across one of her poems online. What inspired me to make this film was not just Farah’s talent, but rather the discussions that revolved around where that talent was taking her. This short documentary film, based on interviews with Chamma, goes inside the mind and world of the young rising poet from the Arab world shedding light on an important aspect of life – her struggle as a writer.