Born in Qounaytra (Syria), he completed his studies at the Cinema Academy in Moscow (1974). During his studies, he made three movies: Ahlam Madina Saghira, Al-Yawm Al Sabeeh and Al-Kol fi Makanihi w Kol Chayi’e Ala ma Youram Sayidi Al Dabet.
He produced three short documentaries and novelist movies for television: Qounaytra 74, Al-Zakira and Fourat.
His most notable documentary is Al-Manam filmed in the Palestinian Camps in 1980. In 1984, he directed his first long documentary Ahlam Madina, which won the Golden Tanit Prize at the Kartaj Cinema Festival and the Golden Palm in Valencia Festival Spain.
In 1992, he directed his long novelist movie Al-Layl that also won the Golden Tanit Prize in Kartaj Cinema Festival.
He also made the Bab Al-Makam movie in 2005 that won the Jury’s Prize in Marakish International Festival in 2006. His latest long Novelist work Al-Mahd in 2008 was screened for the first time in Beirut.