Saleh Bakri

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Saleh Bakri
Born 1977 (age 38–39)
Bi'ina, Israel
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Saleh Bakri is a Palestinian theater and film actor from Israel. He began his career in the theater. Bakri is a graduate of the Beit Zvi School for the Performing Arts in Tel Aviv.[1] Saleh is the son of actor and film director Mohammad Bakri, brother of actors Ziad and Adam Bakri.[2]

Theater and film career[edit]

Bakri performed in Hamlet and Death and the Maiden directed by Juliano Mer-Khamis.

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.

In 2011, he appeared in Radu Mihaileanu's movie The Source alongside Leïla Bekhti, Hafsia Herzi, Biyouna, Sabrina Ouazani and Hiam Abbass.

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 [3] and a short movie titled Fireworks directed by Italian director Giacomo Abbruzzese. He played the eponymous protagonist in the Italian thriller Salvo (film), which won the Critics' Week Grand Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. [4] In 2015 Bakri appeared at the Royal Court Theatre in the play 'Fireworks' by Palestinian playwright Dalia Taha, about two families living under siege in Gaza [5]

Film and television credits[edit]

List of film and television credits
Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Band's Visit Khaled Original title: Bikur Ha-Tizmoret
2008 Salt of this Sea Emad Original title: Milh Hadha al-Bahr
2009 The Time That Remains Fuad
2011 The Source Sami Original title: La Source des Femmes
2012 When I Saw You Layth Original title: Lamma Shoftak
2013 Salvo Salvo Mancuso


  1. ^ "The Band's Visit Official Website". Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  2. ^ Believing: Hany Abu-Assad's Omar Gets Standing Ovation in Cannes, Huffington Post
  3. ^ "When I Saw You - The Film لما شفتك". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  4. ^ Michael Rosser (23 May 2013). "Salvo wins Cannes Critics’ Week". Screen Daily. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Palestinian playwright Dalia Taha "You want stories of suffering , "The Guardian" retrieved February 13 2016

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