Rouane Itani is a Lebanese-American filmmaker, based in Washington, DC. Itani started her media career in broadcast TV in Beirut, Lebanon before moving to the United States where she earned an M.A. in Film and Video Producing. She runs a boutique media production company, Aflama LLC and has several years of experience creating corporate, documentary and educational video projects. She is fluent in Arabic, French and English.
Madame Parliamentarian is her first independent film. She was inspired to create Madame Parliamentarian after the Cedar Revolution, and during Lebanon’s 2005 elections, which were the first held without the domination of the Syrian military since 1972, following the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. This point in history was fraught with high emotions and great enthusiasm for hope and change, culminating in a strong desire to move democracy forward.
She filmed much of Madame Parliamentarian’s footage in her country of origin, illuminating segments of Lebanon’s political history and bringing women’s struggles for more rights to the attention of audiences around the world.