Wrote and directed a biopic about Palestinian-born "Arab Idol" winner Mohammad Assaf, "The Idol."
Earned international praise for his politically themed drama "Paradise Now."
Wrote and directed his first feature film, the drama "Het 14e kippetje."
Directed his first short film, "Paper House."
Worked for several years as an airplane engineer before he got involved with film making.
Had to create a set to stage the scene in his film "Omar" in which a character scales the wall between Israel and Palestine, and shot only a portion of the scene at the real location, as the Israeli government would not allow his actors to climb the real wall past a certain height.
"I think the most important thing in any action scene is that it has to be part of the character development. If it’s just for excitement, then it’s like "I’ve seen this before."" - from Film Comment, Feb. 24, 2014