Experiencing Interruptions?


Yasmeen Salhani is on a mission to achieve greatness by shattering stereotypes about women, especially those of Arab and Muslim heritage. Her courage, faith, and commitment to her craft are evident as she pursues her dream of becoming a professional fighter with the support of her tight-knit family, who escaped a war-torn Lebanon and entered the United States as refugees.

  • Ariel Agami
  • Ariel Agami
  • Jasmine Kaplan
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama, Nonfiction, Documentary, Culture, Sports
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 3 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Arabic, English
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • None
Distribution Information
  • None
Director Biography - Ariel Agami

I am a 16-year multimedia professional with a breadth of live and long-form video production experience. I currently work for Bloomberg News as a producer. This documentary is my first independent venture as a filmmaker. I am in charge of all creative and operational logistics for Yasmeen, which I hope will appeal to a wide array of audiences. I am a two-time Emmy Award winner (The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants, voted 2011 Outstanding Edited Sports Series / Anthology, and MLB Tonight, voted 2010 Outstanding Daily Sports Studio Show), and I hold a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, as well as Master of Business Administration from Baruch College.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

Yasmeen is a documentary for people of all ages and backgrounds. While young women and girls are the primary target audience, the overarching themes of perseverance and hope in pursuit of goals are applicable to every group. I was lucky enough to be invited into the Salhani home, as well as into Rami Ibrahim’s gym for deep and provocative conversations about faith, culture, and family values. This documentary will help keep the discussion going.