Egypt bids farewell to Mohamed Khan as family, friends, and fans bury him

Ahram Online , Wednesday 27 Jul 2016

Born in 1942, Khan went on to become one of Egypt's most renowned and respected directors tackling important social and political issues

Mohamed Khan
Funeral of filmmaker Mohamed Khan (Photo: Mohamed Alloush, Arabic gate)

Egypt bid farewell to renowned director Mohamed Khan at his funeral on Tuesday at Zahraa El-Maadi. 

The iconic Egyptian director Mohamed Khan died on Tuesday morning at a hospital in the upscale Cairo district of Maadi following a sudden health crisis.

Khan’s wife and writer Wessam Soliman, his daughter Nadine, as well as his family members and friends from within and outside the art scene, were present at the service.

Among those who attended the funeral were actor Khaled El-Nabawy, director Yousry Nasrallah, director Khairy Beshra, broadcaster Mahmoud Saad, and actor Sameh El-Seriety, who was among those who took part in burying Khan.

Born in Cairo in 1942 to an Egyptian mother and a Pakistani father, Khan was educated in Britain before beginning his film career in the Egyptian capital in the 1960s as a scriptwriter to go on to become one of Egypt’s most prominent directors.

Khan belonged to a generation of neo­realist filmmakers that represented a hallmark in Egyptian cinema with his movies tackling social issues that often revolved around female central characters.

Among the most acclaimed films of Khan's two dozen motion picture productions are: El­Harreef (The Street Player, 1984), Zawgat Ragol Mohem (The Wife of an Important Man, 1987) and Ahlam Hind wa Camilia (Dreams of Hind and Camilia, 1988) —which were named among the "100 Greatest Arab Films of all time" by the Dubai International Film Festival.

His latest (Before the Summer Crowds), premiered in Egypt at the 5th Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF).

In December 2015, Khan released a book titled Journey of a Director (Mokhreg Aala Al Tareeq), which comprises a selection of his articles between 1990 and 2014 published in different newspapers such as Al-Hayat, Al-Qabas and Al-Tahrir.

Khan acquired Egyptian nationality by a presidential decree in March 2014.

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