film-maker Firas Khoury
Firas Khoury (b. 1982) is a Palestinian scriptwriter and director. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema. Khoury has several short films to his credit; among them are the award-winning movies Seven Days in Deir Bulus (2007) and Yellow Mums (2010). These films were shown in festivals around the world but also broadcast on TV channels, including ARTE.
Alongside his directorial activity, Khoury is committed to disseminating Palestinian films and training young people. He also taught cinematic expression at the School of Cinema of the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin refugee camp and the University of Nazareth and Haifa Almashgal but also in Tunis.
Khoury is a founding member of Group Falastinema, which develops film workshops and presents screenings throughout Palestine. The Doha Film Institute regularly invites him to lead workshops as "Harrer Harrer" in Jaffa in Palestine, which he co-hosted with the writer Suha Arraf.
His feature length film The Flag, a film project which won 4 development prizes worldwide and the production grant of the CNC France, the production grant of The Doha Film Institute and the production grant of AFAC (The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture) is due to be filmed in 2018.
Firas is now finalizing a feature film script which was written together with international director and screenwriter Hany Abu-Assad. The film which goes by the name Dear Tarkovsky, is due to be directed by Firas Khoury and produced by Hany Abu Assad during 2018.