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Hani Jawharieh

Trailblazing Palestinian cinematographer, documented struggle, martyr in Lebanese conflict.

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Date of Birth:



Jerusalem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

As a pioneering figure in Palestinian cinema, Jawharieh played a pivotal role in documenting the Palestinian struggle through his work in the Palestine Film Unit. His contributions have had a lasting impact on the representation and narrative of the Palestinian people.

Brief bio

Hani Jawharieh was an influential cinematographer and photographer in Palestinian cinema. He co-founded the Palestine Film Unit, which was central in portraying the Palestinian perspective of the Israeli occupation. His work significantly shaped the visual narrative of the Palestinian revolution.

Major Milestones


  • Born in Jerusalem in 1939​​.

  • Co-founded the Palestine Film Unit, a key contributor to Palestinian cinema​​.

  • His photography and cinematography were central to the Palestinian resistance narrative against Israeli occupation​​.

  • Martyred while filming combat in Ain Toura, Lebanon, in 1976, capturing his own death​​.

  • Posthumously, his work was exhibited in the P21 gallery in London in 2019, showcasing his significant contributions to Palestinian cultural heritage​​.

  • His work formed the backbone of the propaganda against Israeli occupation, shaping the official narrative of the Palestinian revolution​​...See More

  • His film "Siam" presented a picture of Palestinian civil life disturbed by the Israeli army​​...See More

  • Contributed to "Palestine in the Eye," a film that reflects on his life and the impact of his work on the PLO Film Unit​​...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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