Khaldoun H. Shami

Khaldoun H. Shami



    NR4 7TJ Norwich

  • 01.13 Arts Building -
    School of Art, Media and American Studies AMA

Personal profile


Dr Khaldoun Shami is a Lecturer in Documentary Film and Secularism. His research interests lie in the field of Middle Eastern documentaries and TV news, with a particular focus on secularism and minority issues. Dr Shami is the director of Secular | Aa'La'Ma'Ni (2024), a documentary exploring secularism in cinema and TV channels. It features perspectives from filmmakers and producers from Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan and Palestine on religion, sectarianism, authorities, industry challenges, and censorship.

Dr Shami holds a PhD in Documentary Film from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, a Master of Arts from Brunel University London, and a Master of Communication from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang. and he has served at several universities in the Middle East.

Key Research Interests

Secularism; Minorities; Militarism; Documentary Film; TV News

Doctoral Thesis: "Secularism in Middle Eastern Documentaries: Filmmakers' Views, Production, Industrial Challenges, Limitation and Censorship."

Academic Background

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Film, Television and Media. School of Art, Media and American Studies. University of East Anglia UEA. Norwich, UK

Master of Arts in Documentary Practice. College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences. Brunel University London. Uxbridge, UK

Master of Communication in Screen Studies. School of Communication. Universiti Sains Malaysia USM. George Town, Penang

Diploma in Leadership for Media. International Leadership Institute. United Nations University UNU. Tokyo, Japan

Research Group or Lab Membership

Media and the Middle East | Research and Symposium Committee / Organizers: Prof Dr Eylem Atakav, Dr Zahra Khosroshahi, Dr Khaldoun Shami, and Dr Burcu Dabak Ozdemir (Yasar University).

The International Symposium on Media and the Middle East  |  Beyond Visual Stereotypes (2019)  |  Resistance and Activism (2020).

Supported by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities Engagement Fund and the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities - The University of East Anglia.

Teaching Interests

Militant Cinema, Cinéma Vérité; Documentary Film; TV News; Alternative Radio; Secularism and Minorities in Film; and Middle Eastern Cinema.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Brunel University London

United Nations University

Master of Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

External positions

Community Radio Production Consultant, Japan Platform JPF

Production Filmmaker, Theatre Royal (Norwich) Trust Limited


  • Film Studies
  • Documentary Film
  • Social Sciences (General)
  • Secularism
  • Broadcasting (TV & Radio)
  • Higher Education