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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