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Director Hany Abu Assad, right, is photographed with actor Adam Bakri at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Abu-Assad’s film ‘Omar’ was being screened.
Director Hany Abu Assad, right, is photographed with actor Adam Bakri at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Abu-Assad’s film ‘Omar’ was being screened.
(Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

PATRICK MARTIN

Arab-Israeli filmmaker mastering the art of resistance

When the concrete and barbed-wire barrier separating Israel from the Palestinian West Bank started going up a decade ago, it was built mostly on land on the Arab side of the 1948 ceasefire line (the “Green Line”) that defined the modern state of Israel. As such, the construction of what was intended to be a means of security for Israel has angered Palestinians. It frequently has split up Arab families, kept farmers from their fields, students from their schools, and separated friends and lovers.