Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Tania Khalaf (KAH-lahf) worked as a producer, editor, and drama teacher before moving to the United States. Khalaf produced and directed several documentary, narrative and experimental films, sometimes blending these styles together. Her work has screened at several national and international venues winning recognition and awards.
Khalaf's Gaza Shield project follows three lighthearted Lebanese artists who seek to protest the electronic Internet assault in the ongoing War on Peace. Gaza Shield was screened extensively at festivals worldwide and received the 2011 Humanitarian Award at the Third World Independent Film Festival in Silicon Valley, California.
Her documentary, Born in Beirut, was partly funded by Women In Film, Dallas, and received the Award of Excellence at the Broadcast Education Association Conference - 2008. With co-producer Meta Newhouse, Khalaf won the 2005 Austin Film Festival’s "Best Documentary Short" and was selected as a NextFrame Documentary Finalist for the film still, life.
Her films explore the human struggle with life and death, the triumph of the human spirit and the consequences of social injustice. Khalaf teaches documentary, film production, and film theory.
She holds a BA in Theater and Drama from the Lebanese University of Beirut, Fine Arts Institute, and an MFA in Documentary Production from the University of North Texas.