HASSAM GHANCY plays THE HIGHWAYMAN who initially intimidates but ultimately bonds with Battuta and helps him along his way to Mecca. Chancy most recently completed the drama Traitor, starring Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels and Don Cheadle, about a special operative working with a terrorist group targeted by the CIA, directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff; he plays a member of a criminal organization in the thriller Secret Défense, directed by Phillippe Haim. He was also seen in the political thriller Rendition with Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllanhaal, directed by Gavin Hood; he appeared in BMK (Baader Meinhof Komplex, Der), based on the Stefan Aust's best-selling non-fiction book about Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction, directed by Eli Edel; and in Zaïna: Rider of the Atlas, an 11-year-old girl accompanies her father on a 20-day voyage to Marrakech where he disguises her as a boy to compete in the most prestigious horse race in North Africa, directed by Bourlem Guerdjou.

On stage Ghancy has performed in the works of Shakespeare, Arthur Shnitzler, Chekov and Bernard-Marie Koltès, among others. He has been seen in "Medea," "The Wedding," "Midsummer Night's Dream", "La Ronde," "The Cherry Orchard," "The Council of Love," "La Nef des Fous," and "Richard III," to name but a few. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Ghancy moved with his family to Paris at age three in the early ‘70's. During his school years, he was influenced by American and old French movies to become an actor, but it wasn't until he was 20 years old that he began performing on stage in Paris. After being critically acclaimed in two plays, he decided to pursue acting as a career and attended Cité Théâtre in Paris for two years. He returned to the stage for the next three years and, determined to further hone his craft, continued his studies at Théâtre Ecole du Passage under Neils Arestrup and Alexandre del Perugia for an additional three years. In 2005, he began training with American Jack Waltzer in Paris.

Ghancy, who works in French, English and Arabic, lives in Paris, France.


Ibn Battuta: Chems Eddine Zinoun
The Highwayman: Hassam Ghancy
Ibn Muzaffar: Nadim Sawalha
Hamza: Nabil Elouahabi


Director/Co-Screenwriter: Bruce Neibaur
Executive Producer: Jake Eberts
Producer: Jonathan Barker
Producer: Dominic Cunningham-Reid
Producer: Taran Davies
Co-Producer: Dima Alansari
Co-Producer: Dounia Benjelloun
Co-Producer: Al-Zain Al-Sabah
Screenwriter: Tahir Shah
Screenwriter: Carl Knutson
Supervising: Producer Diane Roberts
Supervising: Producer Tony Thatcher
Line Producer: Daniel Ferguson
Director Of Photography: Matthew Williams
Production Designer: Mike Fowlie
Art Director: Philip Murphy
Editor: Jean-Marie Drot
Costume Designer: Emma Bellocq
Location Director - Mecca: Abdul Latif Salazar
Director Of Photography - Mecca: Afshin Javadi
Director Of Photography - Mecca: Ghasem Ebrahimian
Director of Photography – Mecca: Rafey Mahmood