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Art Alert: Late director Shadi Abdel Salam subject of InFocus photography club

Shadi Abdel Salam's best-known film, Al-Momiaa, is regarded as one of the most ‎important works of modern cinema

Ahram Online , Monday 3 Jul 2017
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Shady Abdel Salam (Photo: part of promotional material for the event)
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InFocus photography club is hosting a Culture Salon that focuses on the biography of the renowned late Egyptian film director Shady Abdel Salam, on 6 July.

Abdel Salam – film director, screenwriter and costume/set ‎designer – was one of Egypt’s most influential filmmakers. One ‎of his best-known films, Al-Momiaa (‘The Night of Counting the ‎Years’) which he also wrote, has been described by critics as one of the most ‎important works of modern Arab – and international – cinema.‎ 

Born in Alexandria, Abdel Salam started his life as an assistant to the artistic engineer Ramses Wasef in 1957. He later became assistant director for several foreign films, such as the Polish film The Pharoah by Cavalero Fitch, Wa Islamah by Andrew Marton, and Cleopatra by Joseph Mankovic.

As a director he made a number of other highly ‎regarded films. These include El-Falah El-Faseeh (‘The ‎Eloquent Peasant’); Giyoush El-Shams (‘Armies of the Sun’); ‎Korsi Tutankhamen El-Zahabi (‘The Golden Chair of ‎Tutankhamen’); and Ramses the Second.‎ 

He was the recipient of several prestigious film awards, including ‎the George Sadol Award (1970), the Carthage Film Festival ‎Award (1972), and Egypt’s State Encouragement Award (1985). ‎ 

Abdel Salam passed away on 8 October 1986.‎ 

InFocus is an award-winning photography hub, winning four Gold Medals from the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). 

The club offers photography enthusiasts a space to discuss their work with others, join competitions and workshops, and provides them with support for proposed projects. 

6 July at 6.30pm
InFocus Photography Club, 9 Street 219, Maadi, Cairo 

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