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Mohamed Khan, Leading Egyptian Filmmaker, Dies at 74

Mohamed Khan, Leading Egyptian Filmmaker, Dies at 74

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Renowned Egyptian filmmaker, director and scriptwriter Mohamed Khan died on Tuesday morning at a hospital in Cairo’s Maadi, where he was taken after he suffered a “sudden health crisis.”

Khan is considered to be one of the most significant filmmakers in the reality genre in Egypt since the 1980s. Among his most influential films are El-Hareef (1984,) Zawgat Ragol Mohem (1987) and Ahlam Hind wa Camilia. All three were among the 100 greatest Arab films of all time by Dubai International Film Festival in 2013.

One of Khan’s most recent films, Fatat El-Masna’ [Factory Girl] (2013) won two awards at the 2014 Dubai International Film Festival. Created in honor of iconic Egyptian actress Soad Hosny, the film’s plot revolves around 21-year-old Hiyam, a working-class girl who falls in love with her supervisor.

Khan’s films often discussed social issues in Egypt and revolved around a female character.

Khan was born to a Pakistani father and an Egyptian mother. He battled for Egyptian citizenship and the military council finally granted it to him in 2014.

Prayers will be held today at El-Kuwaiti Mosque in Maadi.

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Noura Shibl is a senior journalism student at the American University in Cairo, with an interest in photography. Hoping to report meaningful and unbiased stories about Egypt.

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