Hany Abu-Assad is a Dutch/Palestinian film director. He has received two Academy Award nominations: in 2006 for his film Paradise Now, and again in 2013, at the 86th Awards, for his film Omar. Abu-Assad initially started as a TV producer working on commissions for Channel 4 and the BBC. He founded 'Ayloul Film Productions' in 1990 with the Palestinian film-maker Rashid Masharawi. In 1992, Abu-Assad wrote and directed his first short film, Paper House which won several international awards at film festivals in Paris and Jerusalem. In 1998, he directed his first film, Het 14de kippetje (The Fourteenth Chick), later documentary Nazareth 2000 and the feature film Rana's Wedding. His film 'Paradise Now' won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and received an Oscar-nomination in the same category, later he worked in the 2013 film Omar.
Born on: 11 October, 1961
Born in: Nazareth, Israel