Samah Safi Bayazid is The First Professional Hijabi Filmmaker And She is a Pure Inspiration

Just a while after that old “mirror-hair brush story,” Bayazid realized that the real magic happens behind the cameras. This is the moment when she found out where she exactly belongs. Bayazid has taken many courses about filmmaking, and also studied at the New York Film Academy and University of Jordan. She then made her way directly to the new and magical world of filmmaking.

Bayazid found that that place not only fulfills her dreams but gives her a soulmate in her husband Muhammad Bayazid. Filmmaking is not the only thing the couple share in common; they are both also pretty good at it.

Both of them share the same concerns about the way that Hollywood presents Muslims. However, their concerns serve as motivation for them to involve this world and aim higher every time, which can be seen in their productions so far.

Samah Safi Bayazid and Muhammed Bayazid also created the short film “Orshena” in Istanbul. Addressing the refugee issue, the film was selected for many international film festivals and won the Award of Excellence in the Indie Film Festival in California.


Another important work of Bayazid’s are the Inspiration series with Sheikh Omar Suleiman and Mohammed Zeyara and the music videos with Maher Zain. The first video with Maher Zain ‘’Mohamad” has already reached 15 million views on YouTube.

Besides her undoubted success in the film industry, Samah thinks that the Muslim youth should be more involved in the process of filmmaking. One of the important reasons for this is caused by the uncomfortable feeling towards the way Hollywood presents Muslims, but the other reason is that the media can be the best way to inspire people.

‘’I want to inspire Muslim Girls and women in specific, show them that you can be who you want to be and you can have an important role in this world, just if you believe in yourselves… Just work hard and follow your passions!‘’

By making her dreams come true, there is no doubt that Samah Safi Bayazid, as a young filmmaker with huge dreams, motivates everyone that comes across her. It also seems that we will keep updating her success story as there is definitely more to come!

This article is written by Nur Demir

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