Egyptian directors, actors remember critic and film historian Samir Farid

Ahram Online , Wednesday 5 Apr 2017

Farid died on Wednesday after a long struggle with illness

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Samir Farid after accepting the Golden Camera at Berlinale 2017 (Photo: Still from clip by Berlinale)

Filmmakers, actors and members of Egypt's film scene took to Facebook and Twitter to express their sorrow over the loss of the seasoned cinema critic Samir Farid, who died on Wednesday.

Farid wrote extensively for many publications, including Al-Ahram daily and Al-Ahram Weekly, and was the head of several film festivals.

He received many awards over the course of a career that spanned nearly half a century, concluding with his last honorary award at the Berlinale Camera Award in February at the annual Berlin International Film Festival.

Director Yousry Nasrallah on Facebook:

I lost a dear friend. Farewell Samir, I will miss you…
Samir Farid stood by cinema and the cinematics, and with me as a friend and as a critic…

Director Amr Salama on Facebook:

Samir Farid’s death brought tears to my eyes. The first critic to watch my first film… he was very fatherly, his views were always rich, in everything, not just in cinema. I remember every encounter with him, his opinions and even his sharp witty remarks.

Actor Khaled Abo El-Naga on Twitter:

Samir Farid has left. I hear his opinions in his voice, from the brain of a historian and the heart of an art critic. I was never as happy as I was with his opinion on Hussein in Villa 69. Permanence is for God, love will prevail.

Actor Khaled El-Nabawy on Twitter:

Samir Farid was one of three people to which I owe thanks, and learn from them and listen when they write. God rest his soul, as well as Samy El-Salamouny and Samir Nasry.

Actress Salwa Aly on Facebook:

Samir Farid, the master, he too has changed his address, what a very big loss.

Actress Laila Elwy to Al-Masry Al-Youm:

He spent his life serving the seventh art; farewell master of Arab cinema historians…
A friend who supported me since my early days, who remained a supporter of all young creative talents in all aspects of cinema.

Actress Bushra Ahmed on Facebook:

Farewell Samir Farid; a great and exceptional cultural and cinematic figure leaves us. This unique talent is irreplaceable.

Director Ahmad Abdalla Twitter:

Half of my joy in any film I make was for Samir Farid to appraise it. Farewell master, and thank you for everything. See you on the other side.

Director and producer Mohamed El-Adl on Twitter:

The friend and the brother, the teacher and master, Samir Farid has left us. 

Director Amir Ramsis on Facebook:

Usually we go to funerals to pay condolences to the family of the deceased…but today we were consoling each other, as Samir Farid concerns us all.

Director Mohamed Diab on Facebook:

The death of Samir Farid is very sad news, may God rest his soul in peace and give patience to his family.

Writer Ahmed Naji on Twitter:

I can’t remember ever seeing something Samir Farid has written and not reading it, as I was always confident there would be new information, even if I disagreed with him.

Critic Tarek El-Shennawy on Al-Ahram Arabic website: 

Until the last minute he was keen on keeping up with his work passionately, despite his illness, and following up on current news in cinema.

Culture Minister Helmy El-Namnam on Al-Ahram Arabic website:

The late critic was a cultural stature, and a master to Arab critics. He was an ideal that brought honour to Egypt and Arab countries…he had a vision and an opinion that enriched the cultural scene for 50 years.

Cairo International Film Festival, headed by Magda Wassef and critic Youssef Sherif Rizkallah on Al-Ahram Arabic website:

When the festival mourns the loss of Samir Farid, we are mourning the brother, the friend, the journalist, critic, and historian.

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