Montaser Marai is a Palestinian - Jordanian Journalist and Documentary Filmmaker
working for Aljazeera Channel since 2002. Early 2014, New Yorker published a piece
about Montaser's experience in the Arab Spring "Journalism Becomes a Crime in Egypt"
In FEB 2011, Montaser Marai was the main journalist of Aljazeera Channel covering the
Egyptian revolution in Al Tahrir square. Few days after the Libyan revolution erupted, he
has been in Libya with Aljazeera team to start the 1st coverage for Aljazeera.
Since Aljazeera played a major role in Arab Spring coverage, empowering ordinary people
or citizen journalists & giving them a platform to tell their unordinary stories, Montaser has
built his experience in journalism & social media & teaching this through intensive
Montaser has produced & directed three documentary films on youth and revolution in
Egypt, Tunis, Libya & Syria: Sounds of Walls (Graffiti & Revolution), Hip Hop &
revolution & the last film Road to Damascus.
He has also produced & directed documentary films for Aljazeera: Killing witnesses,
Thieves of Baghdad, Stories of fence. He has been Head of Production in Aljazeera
Documentary Channel from SEP 2008 till NOV 2009 where he back to Aljazeera main
Channels senior producer & making special documentaries & biographies on key figures:
Paulo Coelho, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Erdogan.. etc.
Montaser Marai now is Head of Media Consulting at Aljazeera Media Training Center.
- Media for People: To create independent media & liberated from power of Money & Politics.
- Empowering youth in Media through training, workshops, forums… etc., focusing more on the
margin not on the centre.
- To create 3rd direction of cinema respects the mind & values of human & reflects the diversity in
Summary of Achievements
I was the solo Journalist of Aljazeera covering the Egyptian revolution in Al Tahrir Square from
inside & being behind the footages which have been watched by millions around the world through
I was among few Journalists who managed to get into Libya just few days after 17 FEB 2001
revolution to cover it for Aljazeera.
Journalism & Social media
Aljazeera experience helped me to build my own experience on Journalism & Digital era including
social media. I have been through hard work to gather news from crowd sources where Aljazeera
team couldn’t be exist. The challenge was to receive news & verify it. This experience provides me
with passion to design a social media hub at Aljazeera & train journalists about the whole process.
I have founded the Arabic section of Turkish News Agency (Anadolu Agency) on professional bases
making a distance between the fund of state & the editorial policy. www.aa.co.tr/ar
I have founded Film Forum, non-profit organization to organize workshops, training, and production
in Media & Cinema mainly for youth in Arab World.
Consultant / Project Manager
I have created the idea of Aljazeera Movie Channel & designed the proposal including content, form
& budget. Same I did for Aljazeera Youth Channel project.
I have given consultations in media field for governments, TV channels, News agencies,
independent organizations, media & production co., Forums & conferences.
I made documentary films on key figures for Aljazeera: Paulo Coelho, R. T. Erdogan, Robert Fisk &
Noam Chomsky in addition to many hot issues such as Israel Lobby in USA, Targeting Journalists
during covering wars (Killing Witnesses), Syrian Revolution (Road to Damascus), War in Iraq (Road
to Baghdad), Smuggling Iraq antiquities after 2003 war (Thieves of Baghdad), Art of revolution in
Egypt, Tunis & Libya (Sounds of walls)…etc.
Training & Empowering youth
I founded Film Forum (non-profit organization) in UK to provide free training on documentary &
cinema filmmaking, empowering Arab youth in the field of media & cinema & creating new culture or
industry in the region. I've trained hundreds of youth around the Arab World.
I have created youth communities / platforms to think & talk about cinema & to co-produce short
- I am so grateful to my University because students' activism taught me as same as my class. I
was very active in political & social activity in the university & I was elected member of student
union and many organizations.
- I've been Chief Editor of students' newspaper (Alminbar Altullaby – Students' Forum) two times
and started working in Journalism field since the university in 2004 when I published my 1st story in
one of the independent newspapers in Jordan.
2013 Head of Media Consulting – Aljazeera Media training Centre
2009 – 2012
Senior producer – News & Programs – Aljazeera Channel.
2008 – 2009
Head of Production – Aljazeera Documentary Channel.
2005 – 2009
Producer of In Focus program (Current affairs documentary programme).
Assistant Producer in news room – Aljazeera Channel
Journalist at Aljazeera Channel.
1998 – 2002
Producer of TV talk show on ART
Head of Islam on Line office in Jordan and travailing reporter for the website.
Diploma in Filmmaking, 2005
New York Film Academy, London, UK.
BA, Sociology, 1998
University of Jordan
Kingdom of Jordan
Filmmaker, Journalist, Photographer, Trainer, Consultant, Creative producer & Projects manager.