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James Dean and Me

Spring Grant 2013 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

Sameh Zoabi / Feature Narrative / Palestine, Qatar / 2016 / 90 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama


In 1967, in the shadow of the looming Arab-Israeli War, a Palestinian teenager watches James Dean in a small local cinema. Although he and the movie star are from entirely different worlds, Yacoub discovers parallels between his own life and Dean’s Jim Stark in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, and attempts to embody a similar character in his own village, where he is an outcast.


Sameh Zoabi
Sameh Zoabi

About the Director

Sameh Zoabi was born and raised in Iksal, a Palestinian village near Nazareth. He graduated from Tel Aviv University with a degree in film studies and English literature. In 2000, Zoabi received a Fulbright fellowship to pursue an MFA in film direction from the School of the Arts at Columbia University.


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    Sameh Zoabi

    Kanmakan Films
    +1 917 658 4083

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