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Hatem Ali

Influential Filmmaker and Actor.

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Date of Birth:



Occupied Golan, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Reason for Hall of Fame Inclusion:

Hatem Ali is recognized for his significant contributions to Middle Eastern cinema and television, particularly in portraying the Palestinian struggle and historical narratives of the Arab world. His works have resonated with audiences across the region, blending historical accuracy with compelling storytelling.

Brief bio

Hatem Ali was a Syrian director, actor, and writer, known for his impactful works in television and film. He was celebrated for his nuanced portrayal of historical and contemporary issues in the Arab world, particularly his focus on the Palestinian cause and the broader Middle Eastern context.

Major Milestones


  • 1986: Obtained a bachelor's degree in acting from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus...See More

  • 1996: Won Best Director award at the Cairo Radio and Television Festival for Akher Alleil (The Last Night).

  • 1997: Won Best Director award again for his film Safar (Travel).

  • 2000: Gained widespread recognition with his show Al-Zeer Salem.

  • 2004: Released Al-Taghreba al-Falastenya, a historical drama series about the Palestinian exile, which received widespread acclaim​​​​​​.

  • Al-Taghreba al-Falastenya (2004): A 31-episode drama series documenting life under British occupation in Palestine, the creation of Israel occupation state, and the aftermath of the Nakba...See More

  • Self-Exile (Post-2012): Lived in self-exile as a political message of refusing to accept the Syrian civil war.

  • The Four Seasons: Detailed the daily life of a family in Damascus, offering insights into Syrian society in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

  • Al-Zeer Salem (1998): A historical drama that brought him fame in the Arab world, addressing pre-Islamic Arab history.

  • Omar: Directed a series about the life of Omar ibn Al-Khattab, documenting significant historical events in the Muslim world​...See More

Date of Last Update: 
January 7, 2024

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