The El-Khoroug Lel Nahar (‘Coming into the Light’) movement will hold an event commemorating late Egyptian filmmaker Shady Abdel Salam next Tuesday, 1 November, at the Cultural Palace in Damietta.
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’), has been described by critics as one of the most important films in Arab – and international – cinema.
Born in Alexandria, Abdel Salam 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.