By Loubna Flah
By Loubna Flah
Morocco World News
Casablanca, May 4, 2012
Few Moroccan artists could win their ticket entrance to the American film fortress Hollywood not only because of geographical remoteness but mainly due to the fierce competition in the world of entertainment in America.
Sanaa Hamri figures among those handful Moroccan artists who could assert themselves and build a solid reputation as a Moroccan American music video and film director. She is one of the few prominent female film and music video directors in the US. Sanna has added her touch of genius in visual art to worldwide famous TV serials like Grey’s anatomy and desperate housewives.
Hamri was born in Tangier, Morocco to the Moroccan painter and author Mohammed Hamri. In 1992, at the age of 17, she won a scholarship to Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where she studied theater. After she graduated in 1996, she moved to Manhattan.
With dreams of becoming an actress, Hamri struggled through auditions and unemployment before she decided to try directing. Hamri began making videos and approaching the music industry as well.
Her big break came when video mogul Malik Sayeed saw one of her early productions and loved it. He showed it to Mariah Carey, who was just as impressed as Malik and hired Hamri to direct her video. He also gave Hamri her first editing job for a reggae –hip hop fusion group called Born Jamericans. Hamri made her directing debut two years later after meeting music video director Hype Williams.
Sana displayed a distinguished ingenuity in compiling and editing images. Inspired from the rich and picturesque imagery reminiscent of her early days in her hometown Tangiers, Sanaa could project her unique outlook on images to the realm of film and music video direction.
Sana is currently working on a new project, a TV serial dubbed “Bounce” that relates the daily ventures related to cheerleading, a sport that originated in the United States and remains predominately an American activity.
Sanna is also expected to give master classes in Visual art during the 11th edition of Mawazine festival that will be held on May May 18- 26 in Rabat.
In an interview with the Moroccan daily « Le Matin », Sanaa shares the ambitions and future prospects she harbors for Moroccan cinema “I have always wanted to promote Moroccan artistic endeavors and I feel I am getting closer to my objective”.
Regarding the secret behind her success, she said ” If I were to give the recipe for my success, it would fit in one sentence: the Moroccan way. Our Culture has a cultural richness absent in the West. Artists who have given me their trust mainly wanted to find my colorful imagination and generosity. We are a stubborn people who have confidence in their abilities. These are qualities that charm the West and push people come to us and seek to create something with us.”
Sanaa is likely to join forces with Moroccan and English speaking novelist Laila Lalami to adapt Laila’s novel “Hope and Other Pursuits “to the big screen.
Fond of her hometown Tangiers, Hamri envisions also to establish a film studio in Tangiers to provide high standard training to aspiring film makers, actresses and actors.
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