Samen Zoabi was born in 1975 and raised in Iksal, a small village near the city of Nazareth, Israel. In 1998 Zoabi graduated from Tel Aviv University with a double degree in Film Studies and English Literature. The following year, Sameh was awarded a three-year merit scholarship, which he used to pursue a Master's Degree at Columbia University in New York City. In February 2005, he completed his M.F.A. in Film Direction at Columbia's School of the Arts.

Zoabi has directed and written several narrative short films. His latest film 'Be Quiet' is an international award winning short film, receiving the third prize at the Cinefondation Selection at the 2005 Cannes Film.

Zoabi is currently working on his feature film, 'James Dean and Me', a romantic drama set in a Palestinian village a few days before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. This project was developed at the Cannes Festival Cinefondation Residency in Paris and then participated in the 2006 Sundance Writers Lab. Zoabi is currently working on the production of his first feature film, 'Man without a Cell Phone'.

Be Quiet

18.27 min, 2005, film still.

A Méroé films production, with the support of French National Center for Cinematography ® Méroé films - 2005

'Be Quiet', follows the story of a young boy and his father on their journey home to the city of Nazareth. What should be a simple car trip is beset by politically charged tension and a militarized reality, each of which serves as a foil to represent the struggle of a complacent father raising a strong willed son.