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Born and raised in Sweden by two of the finest Iraqi parents, Isra at the young age of 10 was so blown away by the wonder and magic she saw in the world of cinema that she decided to take her then very mundane 10 year old life and chase the next thing to make it as extraordinary as the films she had seen.
Through hard work and dedication, she was able to put herself through the two-year acting conservatory at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. Upon her graduation, Isra began working at the famed Actors Studio.
Isra has worked in theatre, film as well as TV. She starred in The Invaders, a thriller where she plays Muslim-American Jayla. The Invaders has been accepted to over 25 film festivals, with the most prestigious being London Film Festival 2018. The Invaders has also received 10 nominations including for Best Lead Actress and a win for Best Horror at SSIFF.
In “Another Girl” by award-winning director Austin Kase. Isra played the supporting role of Chelsea. “Another Girl” has been screened in 15 film festivals and won awards for best short and best lead actor. Another Girl can currently be streamed on Amazon Prime and Vimeo on Demand.
Isra’s noted theatre work includes Anne Frank in the Gaza Strip, directed by Broadway director Shaun Peknic, for which she won Outstanding Supporting Actress at the Planet Connections gala alongside academy award nominee Chazz Palminteri. Parisian Blues Fantasie, produced by Tony Award winner Mercedes Ellington at the Friars Club, and 48 Forum at The Lark, produced by New York’s premier middle eastern theatre company, Noor Theatre.
She was a recipient of the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals 2017 (an honor that has previously been given to Ethan Hawke, Claire Danes, and Julianne Moore).
Isra’s TV work includes a lead role in the ABC Series, What Would You Do?, Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel and ID on the Discovery Channel.
This is in addition to her voice-over work on the award-winning animation series, Super Wings.
Isra can currently be seen performing in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Das Rheingold.