Hatem Ali, the Syrian filmmaker and director of successful television shows, has died at the age of 58, according to several local reports citing the family’s confirmation.
Ali graduated from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus in 1986 before going into theater and then directing in the 1990s.
He was known for his directing work that depicted Arab history, such as his 2000 in three parts Al-Zeer Salem, as well as his plans for the Muslim conqueror Salaheddin and the rise and fall of Muslim Andalusia.
Its 31-episode drama Palestinian exodus (Al-Taghreba al-Falastenya), shot entirely in Syria, recounted how some 700,000 Palestinians were forced to flee their homes during the creation of Israel.
In terms of feature films, his photo from 2009 The long night, about three political prisoners who are released from a Syrian prison after a long time and are trying to adjust to freedom, made their debut at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2009 and won a special mention at the International Film Festival of Cairo the same year.
Among his most recent works was the series Once upon a time (Aho Da Elly Sar) which is available internationally on Netflix.
In 1990, he married the Syrian writer and human rights activist Dalaa Al Rahbi, with whom he had two sons.