Sarah Kaskas is an award winning filmmaker, sound recordist and music composer. Born in America, she traveled around the Middle East before returning to her native country of Lebanon at the age of 14. Having experienced both worlds, Sarah’s films center around themes of identity using dynamic imagery and sounds.
Sarah received her BA in Communication Arts: Radio/TV/Film at the Lebanese American University in 2008, where her first film,Labyrinth (2006) screened at two local student film festivals. She went on to direct a theatrical production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis and was awarded a spot in the XII Annual Theatre Festival in Beirut.
Sarah then moved to Jordan to further enhance her education and filmmaking career. She received her MFA in Cinematic Arts: Directing and Sound at the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in 2011. During this time, Sarah wrote and directed five short films. Her thesis film, Fugue (2011), was part of the Official Selection at Gulf Film Festival and ZUMEFF in 2012 as well as the 3rd NOFI International Festival of Non-commercial Films and the 3rd Malmo Arab Film Festival in 2013. It was also broadcasted on BBC Arabic’s “Alternative Cinema”.
She then went on to write Wanderland (in Development) which won the award at the Co-Production Forum at the Internationales Trickfilm Festival in Stuttgart 2013 and was nominated for the Robert Bosch Stifftung Film Prize in 2014.
Sarah’s latest film Bread and Tea (2016) premiered in, opened and won Best Short Documentary at the 10th Iran International Documentary Film Festival, 2016. It is currently in competition in several international festivals including the 18th Festival International du Film d’Aubagne.
In 2017, Sarah was nominated for the 2nd time with the Robert Bosch Film Prize for her upcoming feature documentary, A Jar of Flies (in Development).
Sarah is also one of the the very few female Sound Recordists in the Middle East with credits on projects like The Curve (2013), Ground to Ground (2013) and Arabs in Space (2016).
Sarah is currently residing in Beirut where she teaches film at the Lebanese American University. She continues a freelance career as a Sound Recordist while working on her musical project Wanderland and developing her feature film directorial debut.