On the 26th of June, at the 63rd regional Emmy Awards of the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter, ‘Oversight’ whose production designer is Mona Mekkawi, won Best Historical Documentary.
The documentary looks at the District of Columbia in the 1970s. Specifically, when the city won limited home rule, and the city government gained unprecedented independence. It sheds light on the fraud and neglect committed by government staff that cost the city millions of dollars.
Its directors are Jon Shink and Micheal Skinner, its production designer is our very own Mona Mekkawi. As an advocate of women in the film industry, the Emmy win was a moment of great pride for her.
“I am so grateful for the director Jon Shink for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. Teamwork is the real winner today. He is one of the best directors I’ve ever worked with. I truly appreciate how we always have each others’ backs,” she said.
Mona Mekkawi got her Bachelor’s degree in 2014 from the Cairo Higher Institute of Cinema. Currently, she’s pursuing a master’s degree in design for stage and film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has over 12 years of experience working in the entertainment industry and has worked in Egypt, Malaysia, Turkey, and the US. Also, she was the production designer for Samir Ghanem’s cover shoot with Vogue Magazine and has worked on a multitude of films and series including Imbratoreyet Meen, Zay El Ward, Masrycany, and Alzheimer’s.
Feature Image photographed by Amir Hamja