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Kassem Hawal (Iraq)

Kassem Hawal is an award winning Iraqi director currently based in the Netherlands. He was born in 1940 in Al Basra, Iraq. He studied theater acting and directing at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad. He left Iraq in 1970 and traveled to Lebanon and Syria, where he focused on the making of political films. He has also worked on films by the PLO. He directed 28 documentaries and five features. Very active in the arts and culture in the Arab world, he was rewarded with honour in several film festivals, cultural and none cultural organizations, for his role in the Arabic and humanitarian culture.


  • Baghdad kharij Baghdad / Baghdad Outside Baghdad
  • Al Moghani / The Singer
  • Return to Haifa
  • Our Small Houses
  • Al Nahr Al Barid / The Al Barid River
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