The flight that changed my life | Samah Safi Bayazid

Samah Safi Bayazid, one of the first professional Muslim women filmmakers. She lives and works in Washington DC, and was recently at the center of one of many encounters resulting from the recent viral spread of Islamophobia in the United States; she was taken out of the plane a JFK airport because of how she looks.
Samah’s experience was a source of inspiration to combat hate with love in order to bridge the gap between the East and the West and dispel myths about Muslim women and community as a whole. Join Samah as she tackles the Islamophobia issue and many other humanitarian issues through her award winning short films, PSAs, drama series and music videos. Samah Safi, a 28-year-old award-winning filmmaker who lives in Washington DC. She studied filmmaking and screenwriting at New York Film Academy. She became a filmmaker since she was 22 years old to be one of the first professional Muslim women filmmakers in the industry. Samah brought her Middle Eastern understanding to the west to produce unique humanitarian and bridge-building entertainment for audiences in the West and East, such as Short films, PSAs, TV Campaigns, TV programs, and Documentaries. Samah hopes that her work and productions will help bridging between audience from different cultures and backgrounds. Some of her work reached millions of views on social media platforms and reached millions of people around the world. Her latest film “Orshena”, a short film that addresses the refugees issue around the world and the hardship of losing their beloved ones has been selected for many international film festivals and won the Award of Excellence in Indie Film Festival in CA. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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