Maz Siam (Hakeem) came to acting later in life but is well on the way to making his mark. He recently appeared in actor/director Ben Affleck’s film ‘Argo,’ which won three Oscars including Best Picture, as well as the Screen Actor's Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. Maz has earned roles on television series including ‘Grey's Anatomy,’ ‘The Mindy Project,’ ‘Scandal,’ ‘The Mentalist,’ ‘Chuck,’ and ‘The Unit,’ the last of which was created by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright, screenwriter and director David Mamet. He has also appeared in numerous plays and even wrote his own, ‘Soul Mates from Hell’ along with Pat Sierchio, which had its world premiere Sept 20th, 2008 at the Ventura Court Theatre.
Mohamad Tamimi (Abbas) was raised in Baghdad, Iraq during the reign of Saddam Hussein. He moved to Jordan after the U.S. invasion in 2003, and eventually continued on to Los Angeles. Mohamad never considered acting until a friend recommended he audition for a role in writer/director Julian Higgins’ short film ‘Thief.’ He won the part of a young Saddam Hussein in Higgins’ film, which went on to win acclaim at several festivals including L.A. Shorts Fest and Breckenridge Festival of Film. Mohamad recently starred as the lead in the short film 'Refuge City' and also appeared in the short film ‘Dreamland.’
Steven Soro (Dhiya) has had a passion for acting since childhood, and moved to Los Angeles one year ago to pursue his dream. A method actor, Steven has studied under the legendary Ivan Markota at Van Mar Academy, in addition to his training at Christopher Bondy’s Dramatic Arts Studio and Playhouse West (run by Robert Carnegie). Steven recently appeared in the independent feature ‘Detroit Unleaded’ which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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Georges Chalhoub (Samir) earned a degree in filmmaking and theater in 2001 from Alba University in Lebanon. He has appeared in numerous plays in addition to his role as a player in comic theater for six years. Georges directed his first play in 2009, and has been featured in more than 20 television episodes. ‘From the Sky’ marks Georges’ American film debut.