In Development:

No Tribe, a stylized action-adventure set in 1860s Arabia, directed by Sundance audience award-winner Amin Matalqa.

The Drawn Sword, a historical epic true story about one of history’s most influential generals, directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad.

Feature Films:

The United, the first Arabic-language film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, now available worldwide via Touchstone.

English Trailer:

Arabic Trailer:

Short Films:

A Boy, A Wall, & A Donkey (2008, Palestine, 3min). Produced by ART for The World and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, commissioned as part of a project to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Nizar assisted director Hany Abu-Assad in writing the script and with various aspects of the production, not the least of which was teaching three kids from Jalazone refugee camp how to ride a donkey.

Locusts (2008, Detroit, 11 min). In this groundbreaking docu-music-video, Detroit hip-hop artists Invincible and Finale rhyme about the impacts of gentrification on the Motor City, over a track by DJ House Shoes. The piece includes interviews with community activists who discuss displacement, predatory planning and sustainable development. Nizar helped conceive the visual elements of this project, and co-wrote a treatment that was brought vividly to life by director Iqaa The Olivetone. Both the song and video are from Invincible’s debut album Shapeshifters ( and

Screenwriting Awards:

Disappeared, short script, second place 2004 Tony Shalhoub Filmmakers Award.

Agency, mind-bending sci-fi thriller. 2006 ABC/Disney Writer’s Fellowship finalist.

Glenville, civil rights drama. 2008 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab finalist.

Land of the Brave, Arab-American family drama. 2008 RAWI / Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab official selection.