100 Most Powerful Arabs 2018
Wed 27 Jun 2018 09:18 AM
Hany Abu Assad

Designation: Film director

The Palestinian director has emerged from the local film scene to become a genuine Hollywood heavyweight in recent years.

Born in Nazareth in 1962, he rose to prominence in 2002 with Rana’s Wedding, his dark comedy about life under occupation, and then earned two Oscar nominations for Paradise Now (2006) and Omar (2013). His ascendancy into the big league was confirmed when he was asked to direct the Kate Winslet and Idris Elba vehicle The Mountain Between Us, released last year.