I was almost twenty
one when I first entered the daunting cinema hall; it was in Paris
that I watched my first great movie (Baghdad Café). I had however
watched some Palestinian movies in theatre halls or large rooms
I was almost forty
one when I first appeared on the big screen in the ceremonial
screening of the film-Hadduta Sagheera- (A Small Tale) – directed by
Izador Musalam the great international director. This was in Haifa
when theatre was my only passion, and its sacredness made me drown
in worries that pushed me to cling to it even when it was far away
from me. This passion made me refuse many movie roles that I was
offered even without having to go through auditions. I was a
hostage to theatre and other things. I was later asked by director
Raeda Ghazala to do television, that incident left a great impact on
my experience as an actor.
As I was going through this stage of maturity, and being on the big
screen in three films in one season, I was chosen without
auditioning by the directors: Rasheed
Najwa Najjar, and
The wonderful director Isidore Musallam.
I was finally able to
break the barrier of fear that I built, fear of failure after the
great successes I earned in theatre.