A self-taught filmmaker born and raised in Gaza. He is one of the first Palestinian directors who filmed in the occupied territories. His first feature film was Curfew in 1994, it was followed by Haifa which was the first Palestinian movie officially selected in Cannes in 1996. In the same year, he founded the Cinema Production and Distribution Centre in Ramallah to develop a Palestinian cinematographic reflection; many Palestinian filmmakers who have an international career have attended this institution. He is currently developing his new feature film “Passing Dreams”.