Born in Baghdad to an ancient lineage called the Chaldeans (Neo-Babylonians who still speak Aramaic), Weam Namou emigrated to the United States at age ten. She is an Eric Hoffer award-winning author of 16 books, an international multi award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and poet. Her two feature films have earned her over a dozen awards from film festivals all around the world such as in New York, France, Sweden, Italy, India, and elsewhere. She wrote and directed Pomegranate, the first Iraqi American feature film.
Weam is the Executive Director of the Chaldean Cultural Center, which houses the first and only Chaldean Museum in the world. She’s an Ambassador for the Authors Guild of America [Detroit Chapter], the nation’s oldest and largest writing organization. She hosts a half-hour weekly TV show, and she’s the founder of The Path of Consciousness, a spiritual and writing community, and Unique Voices in Films, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Weam’s essays, articles, and poetry have been published by national and international publications including, World Literature Today, Acumen [England], and the Transnational [Germany]. A keynote speaker, she has given readings, lectures, and workshops at numerous cultural and educational institutions. In 2012, Erootha, a local arts organization, honored her with an Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award.
After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Wayne State University, Namou traveled the world as she studied fiction and memoir book writing through various correspondence courses, poetry in Prague through the University of New Orleans, and screenwriting at MPI (Motion Picture Institute of Michigan). She learned of ancient philosophies from Indian and Native American teachers, and most recently, from internationally bestselling author and mystic Lynn V. Andrews. A graduate of Andrews’ four-year course of study and training in the sacred healing art, Namou is an ordained minister.
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