Raed Rafei is a Lebanese scholar, filmmaker and multimedia journalist. For over ten years, he worked as a Middle East reporter for national and international publications and researcher, producer and director of TV news reports and documentaries for channels like Al-Jazeera, CNN and ARTE. Since 2011, Rafei has been making independent hybrid films that screened at international film festivals and received several awards. His films include: 74 (The Reconstitution of a Struggle) (2012), and Here I am ... Here you are (2016). Rafei is currently based in California where he is pursuing a PhD in Film and Digital Media at the University of California in Santa Cruz.