Norma Marcos is a Palestinian filmmaker and screenwriter with French citizenship who was born in Bethlehem. She studied Journalism and Communication at University of Aix-en-Provence in France and at Stanford University in the United States.
Norma Marcos has been making documentaries since the 1980s, dealing with various problems, from the gender discrimination suffered by women after the first Intifada and during the creation of the Palestinian Authority, to more personal documentaries on the discrimination suffered by Palestinians of the diaspora at Ben Gurion Airport when they want to return to their homeland. In 1989, she was an assistant to the film director Yves Loiseau in a film about Yasser Arafat produced by the French channel ARTE. In 1990, she co-directed a documentary about the Christmas festivities in Bethlehem, produced by Canal +. In 1994, she directed Espoir Voilé, a documentary about Palestinian women produced by the French network France3 that aired on 10 European television channels and is distributed by Women Make Movies in New York. In 2004, she won the Grand Prix SOPADIN for best screenplay for Nouzha, which is an adaptation of a Palestinian novel by Sahar Khalifa, translated and edited by Flammarion publishing house.
Her films have participated in many international festivals, such as those in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Arab Film Festival at the IMA in Paris, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, La Rochelle and Kerala, in India, as well as the Keswick Film Festival in England.
Norma Marcos has also published various works of literature and an essay, “A Veiled Despair: Women, Politics, Feminism and Sexuality in Palestine”, which was published in 2013.
Norma Marcos lives in Paris and is working on her new feature film,Sami, Like Dew Drops on Thorns.