Franco-Palestinian theatre director Abu Salem dies

AFP, Sunday 2 Oct 2011

Franco-Palestinian actor, theatre founder and director Francois Abu Salem has died at the age of 60 in the West Bank, Palestinian security forces said Saturday 1 October

The cause of death was unknown and an enquiry was immediately opened, the sources said, adding that suicide was one of the possibilities under consideration.

Born in 1951 to a Palestinian father and French mother, Abu Salem was co-founder of the El-Hakawati Theatre Company, the origins of the Palestinian National Theatre, in East Jerusalem.

He was best known as a theatre director and also adapted plays by international writers, including Dario Fo and Bertolt Brecht for a Palestinian audience.

Abu Salem, who also directed movies, received the Palestine Prize for theatre from then-Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 1998.

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