March-April 2019

Zanah is an actress, producer, writer, and director from Chicago IL.   After being homeschooled until she was fifteen years old, she began her college career. Her love for filmmaking sparked after years acting in a drama team, and various independent films. She received her master’s degree in cinema production from DePaul University at the age of twenty two, and began her career in independent filmmaking and content production in 2015. Since 2015 she's produced 11 films.

In 2017, Zanah won for Best Female Producer/Director for her short film “Hourglass” at the Cineplay Film Awards.  Her festival credits as a filmmaker include Official Selection - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival (2016), Best Student Documentary - London Independent Film Awards (2017), Semi Finalist at The German United Film Festival (2018), and Finalist at Cinema Los Angeles Film Festival (2018). In addition to her international credits, five of her films are streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Since launching her brand, Zanah Thirus Films LLC, Zanah has shifted her focus to merging arts and activism though documentary and narrative storytelling. Her films surround subjects such as gender, race, politics, and mental health.


Her work can be found at www.zanahthirus.com

Ready Set Adult: https://vimeo.com/315035192

Black Feminist:https://vimeo.com/306607294

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