Television and Film
Fouladkar was born in Lebanon, studied filmmaking at Boston University in the US, and lived for a few years in Australia before returning to Lebanon, where he taught audio visual courses for years at the Lebanese American University. His thesis short film Kyrie-Eleison (God Have Mercy) won 13 international awards and was a finalist at the Oscar competition for Best Student Film. In Lebanon, Assad presented a weekly radio program on cinema and wrote critiques in a national daily newspaper, in addition to directing some corporate videos and two television series before he shot his award winning first feature film When Maryam Spoke Out that won major film awards in the Arab world, Europe and the United States. The film was Lebanon’s official entry to the Academy Awards. In the last few years, Assad lived in Egypt directing what has become the most successful Arab sitcom RAGEL W SIT SITTAT (a man and six ladies) doing eight seasons. THE CEDAR TREE, a feature script written by Assad was selected to The Sundance Screenwriters’ lab in the US. The treatment of HALAL LOVE (BIL HALAL) was selected to Open Doors in Locarno Film Festival.