Raghed 'Ray' Charabaty
Filmmaker | Founder of IDRA Productions
Raghed Charabaty is a Lebanese-Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto. His work includes short fiction films, animation, hybrid docs, and feature screenplays told through surrealist narratives. Raghed’s first film, ‘Alia’, received multiple prizes at the Toronto International Film Festival: Canada’s Top Ten 2016, the Festival du Nouveau Cinema and the Starfish Art Award.
Since then, Raghed has written and directed multiple award-winning short films with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as developing feature screenplays that revolve around desire, immigration and coming-of-age. As a synaesthete, Raghed's work often features magical realism, vibrant colors and intricate sound design. His films are part of the permanent collection at the NSCAD Anna Leonowens Art Gallery and the Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery. He is the recipient of the 2018 SSHRC Award in Honour of Nelson Mandela. In 2022, Raghed was selected for the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Pitch Program.
Raghed holds a Masters in Film Production from York University (2019), as well as a BFA in Film with a Minor in Art History from NSCAD University. In 2020, Raghed co-founded IDRA Productions with filmmaker Atefeh Khademolreza to incubate original stories together.
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