Salim Abu Jabal

Salim Abu Jabal was born in the Occupied Golan Height. studied theatre and Arabic literature at the University of Haifa, and scriptwriting. He worked as a journalist and film critic in various newspapers and then pursued a career in TV and cinema.  Since then, he produced and directed several films, series and programs and was best known for his roles as casting director and producer of renowned award-winning films.  In 2005, Salim founded a travelling film festival ‘Films from behind the wall’ that specialized in Palestinian cinema from the West Bank and Gaza. In 2013, he founded a Cinema Club dedicated to the dissemination of art house and independent cinema in Haifa, Ramallah, Gaza, Bethlehem and Jenin.  His first feature 'Roshmia' (2015) won 13 awards around the world. It was awarded “Special Jury Prize” at Dubai Int’l Film Festival, “Golden Oasis” at Gabes Int’l Arab Film Festival, “Grand Prize” at Festival Int’l Cinema Tetouan, “Best Documentary, Open Eyes Award” at MedFilm Festival Rome, “Special Jury Prize” at Algeria International Cinema Festival and other awards. This documentary was screened at IDFA 2015