Hany Abu-Assad

Hany Abu-Assad (1961)  is an Palestinian film director. He has received two Academy Award nominations: in 2006 for his film Paradise Now, and again in 2013, at the 86th Awards, for his film Omar.Hany-Abu-Assad

He emigrated to the Netherlands in 1981 where he studied aerodynamics in Haarlem and worked as an airplane engineer for several years.  .Abu-Assad initially started as a TV producer working on commissions for Channel 4 and the BBC. He founded Ayloul Film Productions in 1990 with the Palestinian film-maker Rashid Masharawi.

In 1992, he wrote and directed his first short film, Paper House which was made for NOS Dutch television and won several international awards at film festivals in Paris and Jerusalem.

In 1998, he directed his first film, Het 14de kippetje (The Fourteenth Chick), from a script by writer Arnon Grunberg. Later films include the documentary Nazareth 2000 (2000) and the feature film Rana’s Wedding (2002).

In 2014, Abu-Assad was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


  • Paper House (1992, short film) – Director
  • Curfew (1993) – Producer
  • The 13th (1997, short film) – Director
  • The Fourteenth Chick (1998) – Director
  • Rana’s Wedding (2002) – Director
  • Paradise Now (2005) – Director
  • The Courier (2012) – Director
  • Omar (2013)
  • The Idol (2015)


  • Dar 0 Dour (1990) – Producer
  • Long Days in Gaza (1991) – Producer
  • De Arabieren van 2001 (1999) – Director
  • Het Spijkerkwartier (2000) – Director
  • Nazareth 2000 (2000) – Director
  • Ford Transit (2002) – Director


OMAR by Hany Abu-Assad – Official International Trailer





Further Reading:

-“Palestinian cinema is a cause”: an interview with Hany Abu-Assad

Director Says ‘Omar’ Is A Love Story, Not A War Story


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