Shara is founder and director of Light Projects: Documentary/Art/Community and Assistant Professor and Radio/TV/Film Program Head at East Tennessee State University. She completed her MFA in film production at the University of Texas with emphases on documentary and experimental film. Her thesis documentary about North African immigrant women in southern France, The Way North, premiered at the Arab Film Festval in San Francisco in 2008and is distributed by Third World Newsreel. In 2007, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study Arabic and to make the documentary, The Dressmakers, in Morocco. She has previously worked as Associate Producer on a documentary series about declining marine fisheries, Empty Oceans, Empty Nets, and on Steven Okazakiâ€™s HBO documentary, Rehab and taught at UDEM in Monterrey, Mexico from 2009-2010.