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Nasreen Alkhateeb

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2019

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Nasreen Alkhateeb

Nasreen Alkhateeb is an award-winning Director, whose original content has broadcast internationally for over a decade. By illuminating under-represented voices, Nasreen thrives as a leader on diverse storytelling projects that include broadcast, digital, and film.

As a multi-cultural woman of color, who is differently-abled, survivor of assault, survivor of the gulf war, 1st generation, and raised Muslim, Nasreen has a plethora of lenses she sees the world through. Nasreen’s ability to connect with people relies on commonalities that surpass identifiers like race, gender, religion, culture, and physical ability. Born in San Francisco, she spent her first seven years in the Middle East, and her formative years in the suburbs outside Washington D.C., before moving to NYC to complete her BFA from Pratt Institute. An American w/ African roots, and a Turkoman Iraqi post 9/11, she is constantly translating these worlds, with one foot on three continents. Coming from so many dense layers, Nasreen learned to carve out space and normalize her differences, redefining what it is to be human in life and on screen.

In 2019, her film East of the River screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, won Honorable Mention at Slamdance, and she directed two national campaigns for NASA and Women’s March. In 2018, she directed the first 50th year anniversary film for NASA’s Apollo Program. In 2016, Nasreen was awarded Cinematographer of the Year by NASA.

In addition to creating original content for UN Women, TED, NASA, SXSW, Coachella, Discovery Networks, WITNESS, and IFC Films, Nasreen has participated in the Sundance Film Festival, and helped program AFI DOCS, The Nantucket Film Festival, The Brooklyn International Film Festival, CINE, TIVA, and the EMMYS.

As a public speaker on new media and storytelling, Nasreen has presented her work to audiences at TEDx, AwesomeCon, StoryCode, Filmgate Miami, Light City Baltimore, NASA Goddard Women in Action, PORTALS, Georgetown University, The George Washington University, Manhattan Mornings, and Pratt Institute. When she is not on set, Nasreen teaches women, girls, and LGBTQIA self-defense empowerment.


After an extensive search and interview process, 22 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2019 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 5-week, nine-session innovative summer lab series for people interested in – and with experience in – development, production and post-production, including careers as writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, animators and other production roles, takes place June 18 – July 18, 2019. Participants include diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. Learn more:

This program, which continues building the talent pipeline of young professionals with disabilities looking to work behind the scenes, is made possible with support by: Comcast NBCUniversalJonathan Murray and The Walt Disney Company.

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Eric Ascher
Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Communications Director in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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