Media misrepresentations have negatively impacted my life growing up as Muslim in post-9/11 America. From an early age, I recognized how visual media adversely shape perceptions of Muslims. Cinema has the power to demonize people, but it can also be used as a positive tool to illuminate lives that are too often distorted or unacknowledged. Therefore, it is necessary for us to undo misconceptions surrounding Arab and Muslim Americans by creating films that humanize us. To contribute to this process, I continually seek to strengthen my skills and my voice as a filmmaker who brings audiences into characters’ complex worlds.