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Studio portraits of Anisa Mehdi by Arthur Paxton.

Anisa Mehdi is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and filmmaker specializing in religion and the arts. She was a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar in Amman, Jordan, where she mentored professional broadcasters and taught aspiring filmmakers. Anisa is President of Whetstone Productions, a boutique production and consulting firm based in New Jersey. She teaches documentary film at Seton Hall University, and lectures internationally on filmmaking and on Islam and the media. Her film collaborative, "Documentary Voices: Pulling Focus," was launched in Dubai, UAE, in July 2008 and remains active today.

Anisa's commitment to peace in the Middle East is a lifelong passion. Her father, Dr. Mohammad T. Mehdi and mother, Beverlee Turner Bolton, raised their daughters in an interfaith home long before the term "interfaith" became popular. Anisa leads interfaith education programs and is a respected voice in Arab-American politics. A woman who loves to travel Anisa's reported from Algeria, Egypt, France, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Turkey and the USA. Her National Geographic Special Inside Mecca is recognized as a classic on the Hajj pilgrimage

Her PBS Frontline film Muslims shows the cultural, economic, social and political diversity of Muslims around the world. She's worked for CBS News, PBS, the BBC, and ABC News Nightline. The winner of two Emmys, a CINE Golden Eagle, and numerous prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, Anisa is grateful to close colleagues including Ted Koppel, Dan Rather, Bill Moyers, Morley Safer, Meredith Vieira, Tom Bettag, Maurice Murad, Alvin H. Perlmutter and Randy Covington.

Volunteer work. Anisa serves as a director of the Abraham Path Initiative,
The Esalen Instutute, and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Her current film-in-production "Monks and Muslims: Finding Faith in Algeria," is funded in part by the United States Institute of Peace and the William & Mary Greve Foundation.

Mehdi holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and B.A. cum laude in Spanish Language and Literature from Wellesley College. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. She plays flute and piccolo in the Livingston Symphony Orchestra.



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