Mahmoud al Massad is an award-winning Jordanian filmmaker whose career has spanned over two decades. He is best known for his critically acclaimed films Raghdoon, The Last Friday, and The Idiot.
Born and raised in Jordan, al Massad came from a family of filmmakers. His father, Adnan al Massad, was a cinematographer and his uncle, Riyad al-Massad, was a well-known director. As a child, al Massad was exposed to the art of cinema from an early age. He was particularly interested in the works of filmmakers such as Elia Suleiman and Jean-Luc Godard.
Al Massad attended the University of Jordan, where he studied film and television production. After graduating, he worked as a production assistant for his father's company. He also worked as a freelance filmmaker, directing music videos and commercials.
In 1999, al Massad wrote and directed his debut feature film, Raghdoon. The film was an immediate success and received numerous awards, including the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. The success of Raghdoon helped launch al Massad's career and he went on to direct several more features, including The Last Friday (2008) and The Idiot (2012).
Al Massad has always been passionate about telling stories that reflect the truth about his homeland. His films often focus on themes of identity, social justice, and the struggle of the Palestinian people. He has become a vocal advocate for peace in the Middle East and has been a guest speaker at the United Nations and other international forums.
Al Massad's work has been recognized around the world, with many of his films garnering awards and nominations at international film festivals. In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious Carl David Prize for his contributions to cinema.
Al Massad continues to make films that explore the complexities of the Middle East and its people. His latest film, The Journey, is set to be released in 2021. With his unique and powerful filmmaking style, al Massad has become one of the most important and influential filmmakers of our time.