Wael Kadlo is an award-winning Syrian-born filmmaker, writer, and director. He has directed feature films, television, and documentaries, and his work has been widely acclaimed both in Syria and abroad.
Kadlo was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. He began his film career in 1995, writing and directing his first feature film, Al-Rakm al-Shayyeb (The Mask of Shame). This film won the Audience Award at the Damascus International Film Festival, and it earned Kadlo the Best Emerging Director Award from the Cairo International Film Festival.
Kadlo’s second feature film, Al-Fawq al-A’la (Above the Sky), was released in 2000. It won the Best Feature Film Award at the Beirut International Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the Arab Film Festival in Paris.
Kadlo’s most recent feature, Al-Hudud (The Borders), was released in 2005. It was nominated for the Grand Prize at the Carthage International Film Festival, and it won the Best Feature Film Award at the Damascus International Film Festival.
Kadlo has also directed several television projects, including the popular series Al-Shaq al-Kabir (The Big Lie). This series won the Best Series Award at the Damascus International Film Festival in 2004.
In addition to his filmmaking, Kadlo is an active member of the Syrian film community. He is a founding member of the Damascus Film Forum, and he is the former president of the Syrian Association of Film Professionals.
Kadlo has earned numerous awards and honors for his work in film. In 2009, he was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace, and in 2013, he was awarded the Medal of Merit from the Syrian Ministry of Culture.
Kadlo’s films have been screened at festivals around the world, including the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Tribeca Film Festival. His work has been praised for its focus on social and political issues, and for its exploration of the human condition.
Kadlo continues to work in the Syrian film industry, and he is committed to promoting Syrian culture and film through his work. He is an inspiration to many aspiring filmmakers, and his commitment to his craft has earned him international recognition and respect.