Hussein Hassan Ali

Hussein Hassan Ali: 45 (can play up or down) is a well-known director, writer and actor from Kurdistan. In 2006 he shot his first feature film “Narcissus Blossom” which was screened at the Panorama section at the 56th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlinale) and at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was awarded with the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlinale. In 2009 Hassan Ali finished his second feature film as writer and director called “Herman” which premiered at Pusan International Film Festival. He also directed 29 episodes for the Kurdish TV-Drama “Dilan” which was screened at KurdSat in 2008. He also directed ten episodes of the KurdSat TV-Drama “My Dream” from 2009 to 2010. Although constantly working on his own film projects, Hassan Ali is also a successful actor. He played the leading role in Shawkat Amin Korki’s award winning film “Crossing the Dust” (2006) as well as in Korki’s equaly successful film “Memories on Stone” (2014). In the same year he acted in Batin Ghobadi’s “Mardan” (2014) which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was the official “Oscar” suggestion from Iraq in 2014. Hassan’s last film (2016) “Reseba: The Dark Wind” has won several prestigious prizes such as UNESCO Award at the Asian Pacific Screen Awards, the Muhr Award at the Dubai International Film Fest (all 2016), and the FIPRESCI Prize at Dhaka International Film Festival (2017). In 2019 Hassan Ali shot in his first international project in English in the finnish TV series “Peacemaker” to be aired later in 2020.

NEWS 2020

Hussein has finished shooting his feature film RAIN BRIDE which he also wrote.
He will make his debut in English in the international series “Peacemaker” this September.


Playing Age40-55
Height177 cm
HairBlack and Silver
LanguagesKurdish Native Kurmanji
Arabic Fluent
English Good
DanceTraditional Kurdish Folk dancing
VocalProfessional Kurdish Folk Music
Special SkillsLite Stunts



FILM (Selection)

2020Rain BrideHussein Hassan AliMitos Film
2019ExamtbaShawkat Amin KorkiMitos Film
2018SacrificeHavel (Lead)Rizgar HusenVisual K Prod.
*Nominated for Best Kurdish Feature Dohuk Int'l Film Fest
2018The Milan ProtocolJamal (Supp)Peter OttMitos Film /MMC
*Nominated for Best Int'l Feature Film
2016House Without RoofOmeed (Supp)Soleen YusefMitos Film
*Won First Steps Award *Won Montreal Int'l Film Fest Grand Prix Special
2016ResebaRebazHussein Hassan AliMitos Film
*Won UNESCO at Award Asia Pacific Screen Awards, *Best Feature Film at Dubai Int'l Film Fest, FIPRESCI Award Best Feature Dhaka Int'l Film Fest
2014MardanMardan (Lead)Batin GhobadiMijfilm
*Official Oscar submission for Iraq 2014
2014Memories on StoneHussein (Lead)Shawkat Amin KorkiMitos Film
*Won Best Actor RiverRun Int'l Film Fest, *Won Best Feature Film Abu Dhabi Int'l Film Fest, Best Feature Film Antalya Golden Orange
2013Where is the LandBewarHushyar NerwayiVisual K Prod.
2006Crossing the DustAzar (Lead)Shawkat Amin KorkiArc-en-Ciel Films
*Won Best Feature Film Granada Film Festival Cines del Sur & Singapore International Film Festival
2006Narcissus BlossomJegar (Lead)Hussein Hassan Ali & Masoud Arif SalihCiné FK2 Production
*Won Amnesty Int'l Film Prize Berlinale Int'l Film Fest

TV (Selection)

2019"Peacemaker" dramaHawar CiziriAJ AnilaNewCom Prod.
2009-2010"My Dream" drama10 episodesHussein Hassan AliKurdSat
2008"Dilan" drama25 episodesHussein Hassan AliKurdSat