In Conversation With... Hiam Abbass 
In Conversation With… Hiam Abbass
Palestinian actor and filmmaker Hiam Abbass is a commanding figure in art-house cinema. With films like Satin rouge, The Syrian Bride, and Paradise Now, Abbass built a reputation for embracing complex roles often set amongst conflict in the Middle East. Her breakthrough performance in Steven Spielberg’s Munich brought Abbass to international acclaim, and while the increased profile brought exposure, she was outspoken in her refusal to portray characters that perpetuate stereotypes of Arab women and Middle Eastern culture. Her critically lauded performances in both The Visitor (written and directed by Thomas McCarthy) and Lemon Tree (her second feature for director Eran Riklis) showcase her ability to imbue characters with steely strength. Each role reveals brave acts through small gestures, exhibiting a well-honed craft that generates a strong bond between actor and audience. Abbass has extended her artistic practice behind the camera to direct shorts and features, including her acclaimed 2012 feature debut, Inheritance. Abbass will discuss her expertise as an established storyteller who not only promotes cross-cultural understanding, but also inspires exceptional cinema.
2016 Screening Schedule