America Abroad Media (AAM) is honouring renowned Egyptian screenwriter and producer Wahid Hamed together with his son, influential director Marwan Hamed, at its sixth annual Awards Dinner on 7 November in Washington, DC.
This annual media award recognises individuals whose work demonstrates a strong commitment to purpose driven content, and who appreciate the unique power of media as a catalyst in informing, inspiring and positively impacting society.
AAM believes that the collective works of both Wahid and Marwan Hamed provide American audiences with a glimpse into the history of the Egyptian entertainment industry, its role as a catalyst for social dialogue, its powerful resonance throughout the Arab world, and its ability to lift taboos and bring forth positive change.
“AAM is proud to honour the Hameds and shed light on their important careers at our Awards Dinner in Washington this fall,” said Dr Aaron Lobel, founder and president of AAM. “The spirit of the Hameds’ work strongly complements AAM's mission, which is to empower and support local voices that convey universal values through creative content and media programming.”
Wahid Hamed is a screenwriter and producer whose repertoire includes more than 100 dramatic works in cinema, television, radio and theatre. Since the 1970s, Wahid has collaborated with a large number of directors, stars and filmmaking talents spanning several generations.
While Wahid’s films have won numerous awards and seen major box office success, his career is also notable for the battles he has fought against the authority of film censorship. His films include: El-Bare'a (The Innocent), El-Ghoul (The Ghoul), Toyour Alzalam (Birds of Darkness), El-Takhshiba (The Prison Cell), Kashf El-Mastour (Revealing the Hidden), El-Noom Fel Asal (Sleeping in Honey), and El-Gama'ah (The Brotherhood) TV series.
Wahid said, "It is a great privilege for us to be honoured by America Abroad Media, such an important and influential entity in the US. This has touched me deeply, because it comes after a long career in writing for cinema, TV and radio, through which I tried to disseminate human, cultural and aesthetic values. Throughout my career, I have been engrossed in societal issues, such as justice and the fight against terrorism. This journey wouldn’t have been possible without the presence of a loving wife and mother, Zeinab Suwaidan, who supported her husband and raised a son who became a brilliant director and a supporter and critic of his father."
His son, director Marwan, is one of Egypt's most gifted filmmakers, whose work has explored new genres in the Egyptian film industry. His two-decade career boasts a roster of remarkable works in cinema, television and music videos.
Marwan's films consistently impress critics and audiences alike, topping the box office in Egypt and the Arab world. His hit films include: Omaret Yacoubian (The Yacoubian Building), Ibrahim Labyad, El-Feel El-Azra' (The Blue Elephant), and El-Asleyeen (The Originals). His newest work is his highly-anticipated film Torab El-Mas (Diamond Dust), currently screening at Egyptian movie theatres.
"It is a great honour for us to receive recognition from America Abroad Media, given its great position in the US, the capital of cinema," Marwan said. "It is also a privilege to be honoured among a group of the most influential filmmakers. I am happy that my father is being honoured for his great career in the film and television industry in the Arab world, for his works that influenced society and generations of authors and directors, and for his great battles against the forces of darkness, extremism, terrorism, and censorship in an effort to present ideas calling for freedom and human values."
Marwan also gave thanks to the most important person in both their careers, saying, "The biggest reason behind our success is Zeinab Suwaidan, the mother and wife who encouraged us through it all."
AAM champions global storytelling through the power of entertainment. AAM's vision is to bring together the best of Hollywood with the creative community in the Middle East to empower a new generation of storytellers in the region to produce original content that promotes positive change and shared values.
Held annually in Washington, the AAM Awards Dinner brings together more than 350 influential members of the policymaking, diplomatic and creative communities to honour individuals whose work demonstrates a strong commitment to shared values and who appreciate the unique power of media to inform, inspire and positively impact society.
This year’s Awards Dinner will be co-chaired by, among others, former Chairman of MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures Frank Mancuso Sr and Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Charles Rivkin.
AAM's previous award recipients include award-winning directors Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips); H.E. Noura Al-Kaabi, chairwoman of twofour54 Abu Dhabi; HRH Princess Rym Ali, Founder of the Jordan Media Institute; Tunisian actress Hend Sabry; Saudi actor and comedian Nasser Al-Qasabi; and Saudi journalist Turki Aldakhil.
The AAM Awards Dinner will take place on Wednesday 7 November at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.