Entertainment & Arts

Hany Abu-Asaad

[ Biography ]

Hany Abu-Asaad Hany Abu- Assad was born in Nazareth to a Palestinian family in 1961. He entered the world of cinema and television as a producer. Abu Assad directed the award-wining films Rana’s wedding (2002), and “Paradise Now”(2005) which won the Golden Globe for the best foreign Language Film .

The Wall

Picture 1 Synopsis:Three boys stand in front of the intercom at a villa’s door, speaking into it. The maid comes out and throws water at them. They explain that they just wanted to record a film buy they did not have a camera. The maid laughs and tells them that there is no tape in the camera. The boys position themselves in front of a recording camera on the apartheid wall. When an army jeep approaches, they wonder if these are the people who bring them the tape of their movie.
Nazareth 2000

Picture 1 Synopsis:Returning to his native city just months before the new millennium, filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, captures the daily, idiosyncratic beats of Nazareth- a city both Christian and Muslim consider one of the most sacred in the world. Today , 72 percent of the inhabitants are Muslim, but most of the land is owned by Christian institutions – a situation that causes great tension. Set against the background of the riots surrounding a square that both Christians and Muslims lay claim to, Abu- Assad allows his story, NAZARETH 2000, to unfold through the eyes of two cynical, funny and wise gas station attendants who have been working at the service station for decades.

Their comments on the political and social conditions of their city paint both a tragic and subtle image of its inhabitants.