A live conversation with Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, accompanied by his film, Huda’s Salon.

A newlywed Palestinian woman must choose between her honor and betraying her country. Based on real events, Huda’s Salon is a heart-racing, entertaining feminist thriller, where two women fight for their freedom. Reem, a young mother who is married to a jealous man, goes to Huda’s salon in Bethlehem for a haircut and an attentive ear. However, this ordinary visit turns sour after Huda puts Reem in a shameful situation, blackmails her to work for the secret service of the occupiers and betrays her people.

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Biographies

Hany Abu-Assad

Hany Abu-Assad is a Palestinian film director, writer and producer. Born in Nazareth 1961, he is one of the most eminent Arab directors of our time. He broke into filmmaking after working for several years as an airplane engineer in The Netherlands. In 1994, he produced the feature film Curfew, directed by Rashid Masharawi. Since then, Abu-Assad has written, directed and produced several award winning films which include Nazareth 2000, Rana’s Wedding, Ford Transit, Paradise Now, The Courier, Omar and The Idol. His film Paradise Now was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film. His film, Omar was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2014 and won several awards. The awards include the Best Film at the Dubai Film Festival, the Jury Prize in the competition of Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival, Independent Spirit Award, Felix Award, Berlin Blue Angel Award and Amnesty International Film Prize. In 2017, Abu-Assad directed The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, which opened the 39th edition of Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF). Huda’s Salon is his latest feature film.