In 2007, he appeared in his first two films: The Band's Visit and Salt of this Sea by Annemarie Jacir, which premiered at Cannes in 2008. "Salt of this Sea" was Saleh Bakri's debut performance in an Arab film and went on to be Palestine's official submission for the Academy Awards. "The Band’s Visit" also won numerous prizes and awards. The following year he portrayed Elia Suleiman's father Fouad in The Time That Remains.
He was the protagonist of Sharif Waked's work To be continued in 2009 portraying a Palestinian martyr who reads what was supposed to be the text that testifies to his approaching obliteration but emerges instead as tales from A Thousand and One Nights. Other projects include Laila's Birthday by Rachid Masharawi, playing a small role next to his father, Annemarie Jacir' second movie When I Saw You and a short movie titled Fireworks directed by Italian director Giacomo Abbruzzese.