Sameh Zoabi

Sameh Zoabi is a Palestinian Israeli film writer and director best known for his 2019 film Tel Aviv on Fire.

Childhood and educationEdit

Zoabi grew up in Iksal, a village near Nazareth, Israel.[1][2] His father is a farmer.[1] He studied at Tel Aviv University and then attended Columbia University on a Fulbright scholarship.[1][2]

Zoabi lives in Brooklyn and teaches at New York University.[3][4]


Zoabi made Be Quiet, a short film, in 2005. His feature length debut was Man Without a Cell Phone (2010).[2]


  1. ^ a b c "'Tel Aviv on Fire' representing Luxembourg, not Israel, at the Oscars". Jerusalem Post. 27 September 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Soap-Opera Comedy Ignites 'Tel Aviv On Fire'". Baltimore Jewish Times. 21 August 2019.
  3. ^ "'Tel Aviv on Fire' Director Sameh Zoabi Talks About His Venice Fest Film". Variety. 4 September 2018.
  4. ^ "A comedy about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? An NYU professor and filmmaker's 'Tel Aviv on Fire' goes there". amNewYork.