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Elia Suleiman

Renowned filmmaker capturing Palestinian life under occupation with unique artistry.

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Date of Birth:



Nazareth, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Elia Suleiman is a distinguished Palestinian filmmaker known for his unique storytelling and portrayal of life under Israeli occupation. His works, often filled with tragicomic elements, offer a deep insight into the Palestinian experience and challenge viewers to look beyond conventional narratives.

Brief bio

Suleiman, who writes, directs, and often stars in his own films, focuses on the human experience in the context of political and social issues. His films are celebrated for their idiosyncratic style and have been recognized at major international film festivals.

Major Milestones


  • Moved to New York City in 1981, where he directed his first two films​​...See More

  • Directed "Introduction to the End of an Argument" (1990) and "Homage by Assassination" (1992) in the United States​​.

  • Returned to Palestine in 1993 to teach film and media at Birzeit University and develop a new Department of Film and Media​​.

  • Directed "Chronicle of a Disappearance," winning the Best First Film Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1996​​.

  • Released "The Time That Remains" in 2009, a film based on his father's diaries, which competed in the Cannes Film Festival​​.

  • "Divine Intervention" (2002) - Won Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival and International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI)...See More

  • Developing a Film and Media Department at Birzeit University, contributing significantly to Palestinian cinema education...See More

  • His unique approach to filmmaking, often incorporating elements of surrealism and comedy to address serious political and social issues...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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