Husam Asi

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Husam Asi
حسام عاصي
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Other namesSam Asi
  • B.Sc in Physics
  • M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Visual Neuroscience
Alma mater
  • Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  • University College London
  • Producer
  • Presenter
  • Host

Husam Asi (حسام عاصي), also known as Sam Asi, is the producer and presenter of BBC Cinematic TV show at BBC Arabic. He also writes a weekly column at the Pan Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi. He’s has been a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association since 2010.


Asi was born in Israel to Palestinian parents. At 16, he was the youngest student to be enrolled in the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, where he completed a B.Sc in Physics in 1989. In 1990, he moved to Medical school where he obtained an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Visual Neuroscience. [1]. In 1996, he moved to London, where he worked as a research fellow at the Department of Visual Sciences at the University College London (UCL).

Filmmaking career

Asi began making films at the UCL Film Society with a group of students, including Christopher Nolan in 1997. Following years of experimenting with digital filming, he made a short comedy "Pleasure Marriage," in 2005, and "Regression" in 2008, and co-produced "Foolishly Seeking True Love" [2] [3] in 2009.

Internet and journalism

In 1999, he left the UCL to build a film website,, which quickly become one of the largest filmmakers networks in the UK in the early 2000s before the rise of the social media networks. In 2003, UK Screen started publishing film reviews and news, with Asi being its editor [4]. After moving to LA in 2008, Asi joined the Pan Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi as the Hollywood correspondent [5]. Two years later, he was elected to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association [6]. In 2013, he was contracted by the BBC to conduct TV interviews for BBC Arabic's Alternative Cinema show [7]. In 2016, he contributed a weekly column for China’s largest internet company, Tencent[8], but he resigned a year later, when he took producing and presenting BBC Arabic prime time cinema show, BBC Cinematic [9].

Asi has interviewed movies stars, directors and moguls, including Harvey Weinstein, Angelina Jolie[10], Anthony Hopkins[11], Jane Fonda [12] George Clooney [13], Martin Scorsese [14] , Jennifer Aniston [15],Robert De Niro [16], Steven Speilberg [17], Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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