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Hiam Abbass —
born on November 30, 1960,
Hiam Abbass, also Hiyam Abbas, is an Israeli Arab actress and film director of Palestinian descent... (wikipedia)
My identity was a big issue when I was a teenager, and I had a lot of questions, like: 'Who am I?' 'Who do I belong to?' But when I was still quite young, I decided that belonging is a tough process in life, and I'd better say I belonged to myself and the world rather than belonging to one nationality or another.
I know myself - I cannot just play a cliche. It has to be a character; it has to be written with the complexity of the human being behind. Could be bad, could be good, could be someone we would hate, but still, I need a reason for that influence, and I need to understand why.
Simple things don't interest me.
I love to take risks and see how I cope with the situation.
I grew up acutely aware of the exile and distance caused by war.