Yaara Bou Melhem

Director | Producer

Yaara’s debut feature-length documentary, Unseen Skies, interrogates the inner workings of mass surveillance, computer vision and artificial intelligence through the works of US artist Trevor Paglen, and recently screened in competition at the 2021 Sydney Film Festival.


Yaara has also directed documentary shorts including War on Truth, about Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Maria Ressa and the Filipino editor’s global campaign against disinformation. She was a foreign correspondent with Dateline, SBS TV and Al Jazeera English for more than a decade. Yaara is currently directing a series for the ABC, and is the inaugural journalist-in-residence at the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas where she will work on journalistic experimental film.


Yaara is currently directing a documentary with In Films, scheduled for 2023.



Yaara Bou Melhem