Sara Maamouri
The Bay Area's Most Colorful Documentary Film Editor

A multi-lingual Tunisian educated in New York and California, I bring international sensitivity to my editing, production and story development.

My work has covered social, educational, gender, and political issues around the globe and has screened at film festivals worldwide.

I’d be excited to talk to you about your project. Feel free to email or call:

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Black Mothers: Love & Resist
Black Mothers: Love & Resist

Premiered: San Francisco International - 2022

Wanda Johnson and Angela Williams, mothers of young Black men victimized by police brutality, come together and build a network of community-led support, mutual aid, and healing. Official Selection for SFFilm Festival, Alabama Sidewalk Film Festival, and Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival
Clarissa's Battle
Clarissa's Battle

Premiered: Human Rights Watch NYC - 2022

Social Justice Warrior Clarissa Doutherd leads a tenacious battle to build a coalition fighting for child care and early education funding. Official Selection for Human Rights Watch NYC, SF Indiefest.
The Judge
The Judge

Premiered: TIFF Docs - 2017

Chronicles the appointment of the Middle East's first woman judge to a Shari’a court and the progressive Sheik who supported her quest. Official Selection for TIFF, IDFA, and Doc NYC
We Are Not Princesses
We Are Not Princesses

Premiered: Doc NYC - 2018

Antigone, the rebellious heroine of the ancient Greek tragedy, brings together a group of Syrian women in Beirut. Selected for the IFP Filmmaker Labs
A Dangerous Idea
A Dangerous Idea

Premiered: Santa Fe Film Festival - 2016

Reveals how scientists and policymakers have promoted the myth of the gene in America and rolled back gains on race, class, and gender equality
Twice Upon A Time
Twice Upon A Time

Premiered: Lebanese Film Festival - 2016

Remembering a refugee childhood through the eyes of a younger generation. Selected for the Edinburgh Film Festival and won Best Documentary Award at the Lebanese Film Festival 2016

Let's Talk

I’d be excited to talk to you about your project. Whether it’s as an editor, a consultant, or to provide notes. I want to share my extensive filmmaking experince as widely as possible.

Feel free to email me using or call me at 510-418-7171

More about me

I am a documentary filmmaker and editor who has explored a diverse range of topics for over 20 years. My work has touched on a variety social, educational and political issues.

A multi-lingual Tunisian educated in New York and California, I bring international sensitivity to my editing, production and story development, while building transmedia narratives to enhance and further engage a constantly evolving audience base.

I edit on Final Cut Pro, Avid and Premiere, on a freelance basis throughout the San Francisco Bay area. I am also available for story consultation and transmedia strategy and structure.

Career Synopsis

  • Qualifications

    • Accomplished, award winning, energetic documentary film editor and producer with 20 years’ professional experience ranging from small-scale independent films to high-profile studio productions
    • Transmedia documentary project creative strategist and consultant
    • Extensive experience with most editing software suites
    • Comfortable in eight lArabic, Latin, Cyrillic language, and able to learn languages quickly
  • Experience

  • “Some They Win” / Sep. 1999 – Aug. 2000

    • Co-Director / Producer / Videographer / Editor
  • “Indian Wedding” / Dec. 1999

    • Videographer/Sound
  • Education

    • Cornell University
      • Bachelor of Art in English June 1998
      • Concentration in International Relations
    • UC Berkeley
      • Masters of Journalism June 2000
      • Susie Buell Award for Excellence in Visual Arts