Jihan Al-Gharabawi [L] and Youssef Maati [R]
The management of the 37th Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries revealed that it will honour the Egyptian scriptwriter and playwright Youssef Maati during its upcoming edition, which is scheduled to take place between 25 September and 1 October.
Journalist Jihan El-Gharabawi will also present a book about Maati's most important works for cinema and television. The new book will be distributed during the festival.
Egyptian screenwriter Youssef Maati began his career as a television presenter. His name attracted the attention of viewers in a programme he hosted titled ‘Al-Sitt Di Omee’.
As a university student, Maati directed a number of plays, and it is during his involvement in university theatre that he met late veteran Egyptian comedian George Sidhom. Maati directed or wrote text for numerous plays featuring Sidhom.
In the field of cinema, Maati worked with Adel Imam, Ahmed Adam, and Mohamed Heneidy, writing scripts for many films featuring those actors.
Maati is considered one of the leading scriptwriters in Egyptian comedy.
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