Hany Abu Assad
Hany Abu-Assad was born in Nazareth, Palestine in 1961. After having studied and worked as an airplane engineer in The Netherlands for several years, Abu-Assad entered the world of cinema as a producer and produced the feature film Curfew, directed by Rashid Masharawi, in 1994. His directing credits include his feature film debut The 14th Chick (1998), followed by the documentary Nazareth 2000 (2000), the feature Rana’s Wedding (2002), the documentary Ford Transit (2002), and the feature Paradise Now (2005), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign language film in 2006. In 2011, Abu-Assad finished working on The Courier (2012), a Hollywood movie starring Jeffery Dean Morgan, Til Schweiger and Mickey Rourke. His latest two films are Omar (2013) and The Idol (2015).