Here is a list of a few Palestinian filmmakers who depict what is happening in Palestine through their films. The following filmmakers help viewers gain a better understanding of the occupation of Palestine.
Hany Abu-Assad is a Palestinian-Dutch film director who is mostly known for his films ‘Omar’ and ‘Paradise Now’. His film ‘Omar’ which portrays the story of a young Palestinian baker who agrees to become an informant for the Israeli Defence Force after being accused of killing an Israeli soldier. Both films received Academy Award nominations for ‘Best International Feature Film’ in 2006 and 2013. Hany was born in Nazareth, Palestine and stepped into the world of film-making after previously working as a flight engineer.
Azza El Hassan is a Palestinian documentary filmmaker based in Amman, Jordan. She is known for her documentaries featuring her experience living in exile in Palestine with a strong focus on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Her work led her to receive awards including ‘The Jazeera Jury Award and The Aleph Documentary Award.
Mai Masri is a Palestinian director and filmmaker from Nablus. Her films are mostly documentaries that explore the real-life challenges of Palestinian women and children living in occupied Palestine. Her works include Frontiers of Dreams and Fears and 3000 Nights.
Born in the Palestinian Village of Shaghur, Mohammed Bakri is a Palestinian filmmaker and actor. Bakri is mostly known for his work in his controversial documentary “Jenin, Jenin,” in which he interviewed residents of the Jenin refugee camp during Israel’s most recent raid on Gaza in 2002. The Israeli film board later banned the documentary.
Farah Nabulsi is a British-Palestinian filmmaker and her career began as an institutional equity stockbroker. She earned a CFA designation at JP Morgan Chase before starting a children’s business that she had run for ten years. Her recent short film, ‘The Present,’ which was nominated for an Oscar and won a BAFTA, concentrates light on how Palestinians are denied the basic right to freedom of movement. It earned the Audience Award for Best Film at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2020, starring acclaimed actor Saleh Bakri.
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