Sameh Zoabi was born and raised in Iksal, a Palestinian village near Nazareth. He graduated from Tel Aviv University in Film Studies and English Literature, then received a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue an M.F.A. in Film Direction from the School of the Arts at Columbia University. He’s also the recipient of prestigious residencies at the Cannes Festival Cinefondation as well as the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
Zoabi’s unique voice was recognized by Filmmaker Magazine and he was named one of the “Top 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema.” His work has been shown and has won awards at many international film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, Locarno, Sundance, Karlovy Vary, New Directors/New Films and the New York Film Festival.
2018 TEL AVIV ON FIRE
2013 UNDER THE SAME SUN
2012 FAMILY ALBUMS (doc)
2010 MAN WITHOUT A CELL PHONE
2006 BE QUIET (short film)
Shy and loveable Palestinian Salam is already in his thirties without, however, having quite found his way in life. That is why he eagerly takes on an internship with the successful TV soap «Tel Aviv on Fire». In order to reach the television studio, Salam has to pass through the check-point between his home in Jerusalem and Ramallah on a daily basis. This is where he meets Assi, chief of the Israeli border crossing, who is excited to meet one of the "makers" of his wife's favourite series. More