Maysaloun Hamoud

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Maysaloun Hamoud
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Maysaloun Hamoud at the screening of In Between (Bar Bahar), at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem, July 2017
Alma materHebrew University of Jerusalem
OccupationFilm director
Years active2010–

Maysaloun Hamoud (born 1982 in Budapest) is a Hungarian-born Palestinian film director. Her film Bar Bahar (In Between) won the NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.


Maysaloun Hamoud was born in Budapest in 1982 to Palestinian parents. She grew up in Budapest and then Beersheba, Israel.[1] She read Middle Eastern studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[2] In 2004, introduced to cinema by an animator friend, she joined the Minshar School of Art in Tel-Aviv to study film.[3][4][5]

Hamoud is an Israeli citizen.[6]


Hamoud became a teacher after her graduation.[3]

In 2010, Hamoud directed Sense of Morning, a short film inspired by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish's Memory of Forgetfulness (1987). In the film, the poet strives to continue his daily routine of coffee and cigarettes on the last day of the siege of Beirut.

At the Minshar School of Art, one of Hamoud's teachers was Shlomi Elkabetz, an Israeli film director. Hamoud developed her idea for the feature film Bar Bahar under his guidance and support. She has said that, according to him, her film is a sort of extension of Elkabetz's trilogy To Take a Wife (2004), Shiva (2007) and Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014).[7]


  • (2010) Sense of Morning (short film)
  • (2016) In Between (feature film)[8]


Hamoud's film Bar Bahar (In Between) won the NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.[9] It also won three prizes, including the Sebastiane Award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2016.[4]

In 2017, Hamoud received the Women in Motion Young Talents Award at the Cannes Film Festival from Isabelle Huppert.[10]


  1. ^ Joanna Kakissis (26 March 2017). "New Film Spotlights Palestinian Women Navigating Life 'In Between' Cultures". NPR. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  2. ^ Sacha Kester (11 November 2017). "Vijf redenen waarom u Maysaloun Hamoud moet leren kennen". De Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "La jeune réalisatrice palestinienne Maysaloun Hamoud visée par une fatwa". Le Point (in French). 8 March 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b Nirit Anderman (27 September 2016). "'In Between,' About Three Palestinian Israelis Living in Tel Aviv, Dazzles San Sebastian Film Festival". Haaretz. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  5. ^ Nosheen Iqbal (28 September 2017). "How sex, drugs and politics earned In Between's director a fatwa". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  6. ^ Hannah Brown (18 November 2017). "Coping with attacks and insults". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  7. ^ Delphine Veaudor (11 April 2017). "Cinéma. Maysaloun Hamoud : "Je voulais que mon film soit un miroir de la société arabe israélienne"". Courrier International (in French). Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  8. ^ Nana Asfour (10 January 2018). "Where Can Women Make Movies? The Middle East". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Norman Wilner (18 September 2016). "TIFF 2016: and the winners are..." Now Toronto. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  10. ^ Pat Saperstein (15 May 2017). "Isabelle Huppert Honored With Cannes Women in Motion Award". Variety. Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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