Annie Sakkab is a Palestinian-Canadian, born and raised in Jordan, freelance photojournalist and independent filmmaker. Annie seeks long-form narrative with a focus on women’s issues and social justice. With her work, she raises questions of identity and awareness of the experiences of exile, uprooting, and displacement among marginalized groups. Her long term project, ‘A Familiar Stranger,’ challenges contemporary western views and constructs of Middle Eastern women, and raises larger questions of how we perceive repression and freedom.
Her work is published in Canadian and International media including The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Washington Post, NPR, Bloomberg News, Die Zeit and NBC News, and worked for various humanitarian organizations such as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Mercy Corps and Danish Refugee Council (DRC).
A graduate of Loyalist College in Photojournalism and a participant in the Missouri Photo Workshop in 2014, Eddie Adams Workshop in 2017, Hot Docs Accelerator Emerging Filmmaker Lab and RIDM Talent Lab in 2019, Annie won various awards including the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) NPOY Student photographer of The Year Award (2015) and NPAC 1st Place Feature Photo in 2015 and 2016. Annie’s work has also been recognized by Ontario Newspaper Awards and Ontario Community Newspapers Association.
Annie’s first short documentary Hollie’s Dress, which had its World Premiere at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival 2020, is an official selection in over 18 international festivals and has won numerous awards including the Golden Sheaf Award at Yorkton Film Festival, Canada Life Best Short Documentary at Forest City Film Festival and Award of Excellence at Canada Shorts Film Festival. She is currently based in the Middle East and Canada.