March 5, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Zoom Webinar

The Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture Center is proud to feature Palestinian actor Hiam Abbass, currently starring in the Hulu television series Ramy and the HBO series Succession, in conversation with Emmy-nominated journalist and producer Rhana Natour on Friday, March 5 from 2pm-3pm ET.

Natour will be discussing the evolution of Abbass' long and eclectic career in cinema, television and theater, her approach to the craft of acting, as well as how her cultural background informs her work.

The event marks the debut of Creators’ Corner, an interview series hosted by Natour, in collaboration with MEI. Creators' Corner will feature conversations with leading Arab and Arab-American actors, comedians, directors, writers and other ground-breaking creators highlighting their important contributions to the global cultural scene.


Hiam Abbass is known for her prolific work in American and international feature films, television shows and theatre productions. Hiam was born in Nazareth and began acting at the El Hakawaty Theater in East Jerusalem before moving to Europe. She can currently be seen on HBO’s Succession and on Hulu's Ramy, and recently wrapped shooting The Old Man for FX. Her extensive feature film credits include Paradise Now, Munich, The Lemon Tree, The Visitor, and Amreeka. In 2012, she made her directorial feature film debut with The Inheritance, and has since written and directed an additional three short films: Le Pain, Le Danse Eternelle and Le Donne Della Vucciria.

Rhana Natour is a journalist and TV producer based in Washington D.C. Her work has appeared in PBS NewsHour, Vice and ABC News. As a reporter and producer for the PBS NewsHour, she's covered both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, breaking news events like the El Paso shooting and produced deep dive stories on technology, gender and race. Rhana was a news fellow and associate producer at ABC News where she earned an Emmy nomination for her work on the Nightline special "Crisis in Syria." She helped produce the documentary Speed Sisters, set in the West Bank and was a Fulbright scholar to the UAE.