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El Hedi ben Salem

1969 - 1970

Morocco

Actor

Set Production Assistant

Biography

El Hedi ben Salem is a Moroccan actor. He is best known as the lover and collaborator of provocative German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. He died of a heart attack while in prison. Fassbinder dedicated his last film, Querelle (1982), to Salem. In 2012, a documentary on Salem's life entitled My Name Is Not Ali, premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival.