Art Alert: Prominent filmmaker Mohamed Khan to hold book signing event for his new release

Ahram Online , Tuesday 15 Dec 2015

The prominent filmmaker documents cinema in a newly released book titled 'Journey of a Director'

Mohamed Khan
Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Khan (Photo: Factory Girl's official Facebook page)

Kotob Khan book store in Maadi will host  on Sunday filmmaker Mohamed Khan to sign and discuss his latest book titled Journey of a Director (Mokhreg Aala Al Tareeq).

Film critic Tarek El-Shenawy will also be present at the event. 

The book, which will be released by Kotob Khan publishing house, comprises a selection of articles written by Khan between 1990 and 2014 and published in an array of newspapers such as Al-Hayat, Al-Qabas and Al-Tahrir. 

The articles, according to Kotob Khan’s official Facebook page "document the ebb and flow of cinema's stars, and cinematic and social trends and concepts since the beginning of Khan’s career in the 1960s and up until today."

As such, the book “sheds light on a number of important subjects including the issue of independent film production and its crises” and also “discusses the mechanisms of cinema in the ‘80s."

Khan has been one of Egypt's leading film directors since the 1980s, making a string of movies tackling social issues that have often revolved around female central characters.

Born in Cairo in 1942, Khan was educated in Britain before beginning his film career in the Egyptian capital in the 1960s as a script writer.

The 71-year-old is one of Egypt’s most prominent directors belonging to a generation of neo-realist filmmakers that represented a hallmark in Egyptian cinema.

Three of his films — El-Harreef (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)—were named among the "100 Greatest Arab Films of all time" by the Dubai International Film Festival.

Sunday, 20 December, 7:30pm

Kotob Khan bookstore, Street 254, Villa 13, Degla, Maadi

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