Born and raised in Kuwait, Omar Al Dakheel moved to the US at 17 after receiving a full merit scholarship to the University of Miami. After graduating with a BA in Theatre Arts and a BS in Broadcast Journalism, he went on to earn his MFA at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he immersed himself in all aspects of Filmmaking.
Omar made "Jihad in Hollywood", featuring Werner Herzog, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Kuwait Film Festival. He also directed "al imam", which premiered at the Hot Springs Doc Film Festival and was announced as Vimeo Staff Pick. His latest narrative film "Ablution" premiered at Austin Film Festival.
Omar is based in Los Angeles. He is currently finishing his first feature film for Al Jazeera Documentary. His goal is to tell diverse stories with universal values that can bridge the gap between the East and the West.