Hany Hawasly is an award-winning filmmaker, educator, and community builder.
Born and raised in Syria, Hany is passionate about telling nuanced stories between the Middle East and the United States. He is fluent in Arabic and works as a bilingual editor, producer, translator, and cultural consultant on a variety of projects — from interactive journalism reports to feature-length documentary films, indie shorts, and branded spots.
He serves as the Director of Operations Development at The Video Consortium, a global nonprofit network that supports, develops, and connects today’s top emerging voices in video journalism and documentary film.
He also teaches Multimedia Storytelling, as well as Digital Storytelling and Journalism, at New York University.
Prior to his career in visual storytelling, Hany worked with the Syrian Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Syria for over a decade on community-based humanitarian projects. At the Red Cross, both before and during the Syrian conflict, he held roles across communications, first aid, disaster management, and health care in conflict.
Hany is a Foreign Fulbright Scholar and holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He's currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
Portrait by Kholood Eid