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Masterclass with Saleh Bakri: On caftans, Arab filmmaking and sharing Palestinian stories

For over 15 years now, Saleh Bakri has been using his acting talents to embody the many stories emerging from Palestine. He has not only collaborated with established filmmakers such as Annemarie Jacir, Elia Suleiman and Rashid Masharawi, but he has always been keen to participate in projects by upcoming talents. Within the last decade, Bakri has been a true defender of Arab cinema, working with filmmakers across the region, from Morocco to Lebanon and all the way to the UAE. For its 14th edition, ALFILM, the Arab Film Festival of Berlin, is honouring Saleh Bakri by welcoming him for a special master class which will address his extensive acting career, the need to keep sharing Palestinian stories on the big screen, and his collaborations across the Arab World.

Saleh Bakri is a Palestinian film and theatre actor. Annemarie Jacir’s Salt of this Sea (2008) marked his cinema debut. He went on to play in all of Jacir’s feature films, including Wajib (2017), acting alongside his father, the iconic Mohamad Bakri, and sharing with him the Muhr Award for Best Actor at the 2017 Dubai Film Festival. Bakri had also a leading role in Elia Suleiman’s The Time That Remains (2009). In 2011, he appeared in Radu Mihaileanu’s film The Source and played the lead in the Italian thriller Salvo, which won the Critics’ Week Grand Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. His latest film performances are in the Oscar-nominated short film The Present by Farah Nabulsi (2020), Costa Brava, Lebanon (2020) by Mounia Akl, Beirut Hold’em (2021) by Michel Kammoun and The Blue Caftan by Mariam Touzani, which premiered at 2022 Cannes Film Festival.