Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis

Highest Rated: 88% Amreeka (2009)

Lowest Rated: 58% May in the Summer (2013)

Birthday: Nov 27, 1976

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

An Arabic-American filmmaker and writer, Cherien Dabis made a splash with her debut feature, "Amreeka," in 2009. Born to a Palestinian father and a Jordanian mother, Dabis grew up in Ohio and Jordan. She studied creative writing at the University of Cincinnati and film at the Columbia University School of the Arts, where she earned a Master's in 2004. Dabis began by writing short films for other directors, like the family drama "Nadah" and the comedy "Little Black Boot." She directed her first short film, "Memoirs of an Evil Stepmother," in 2004 and won acclaim for her second, "Make a Wish," which garnered notice at both the Cairo and Chicago Children's Film Festivals. She also began writing scripts for the popular cable drama "The L Word," and in 2008 co-produced two of its episodes. "Amreeka," her breakout film from 2009, was a hit on the international festival circuit and announced her as a filmmaker to watch. The film, which she also directed and produced, about a single mother attempting to cope in a small Midwestern town, earned her two Independent Spirit nominations and a prize at Cannes Film Festival.

Highest rated movies

May in the Summer




No Score Yet 40% Villa Touma Antoinette Touma (Character) - 2014
58% 46% May in the Summer May (Character),
$22.0K 2013
88% 76% Amreeka Director,
Executive Producer
- 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Make a Wish Director,
- 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The D Word Director,
- 2005


96% 87% Ramy Director 2019-2020
56% 89% Sweetbitter Director 2018
70% 46% Quantico Writer 2015-2016