LA Times Interviews HANY ABU-ASSAD, Director of The Idol

How Hany Abu-Assad made Gaza’s first feature film and got past the Israeli military, Palestinian Authority and Hamas to do it


By Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2016.

“We had to get approval from Hamas to bring the actors out of Gaza, because they were under 16, and permission from Israel to have them enter Israel, but before that we had to get the OK from the Palestinian Authority for them to enter the West Bank.”

As for Abu-Assad’s next film? “I’m shooting it in Canada.”