Shams Mohajerani | شمس مهاجراني

A native of Boston, MA, Shams is a founding member of Yallah al-Quds. In summer 2020, he facilitated a course on Palestinian Cinema and has since taken on a behind-the-scenes administrative role. He recently received his bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Film & Media Culture from Middlebury College. Shams joins Yallah al-Quds with a passion for languages and the SWANA region and speaks Arabic, Farsi, French, and Spanish to varying degrees of proficiency. His main academic interests include global cinema studies, Arabic language and culture, Middle East studies, film and video production, and linguistics. Outside of the classroom, at Middlebury he played on Varsity Men’s Soccer team, was a member of the Muslim Students Association, and worked as a First-Year Counselor, Arabic tutor, and barista at Crossroads Café.

After studying abroad in Amman at Middlebury’s School Abroad at the University of Jordan, Shams wrote his Film & Media Culture senior critical thesis on the young Chinese director Bi Gan. He was accepted to the CLS program for Summer 2020 in Ibri, Oman, and due to the COVID-19 outbreak, subsequently completed the program from the comfort of his living room. At present, Shams has been continuing soccer training and coaching at home in Boston, while also interning at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's SHE Center, focusing on translation and video production.

In the future, Shams aspires to apply his love for languages and film with the aim of empowering, amplifying, and diversifying Middle-Eastern and Muslim voices and stories in the film industry.