Mohamed Khan
محمد حامد حسن خان

(1942-10-26)26 October 1942
Cairo, Egypt
DiedJuly 26, 2016(2016-07-26) (aged 73)
Cairo, Egypt
Alma materLondon Film School
Years active1963–2016
Spouse(s)Wessam Soliman

Mohamed Hamed Hassan Khan (Arabic: محمد حامد حسن خان pronounced [mæˈħæmmæd ˈħæːmed ˈħæsæn xæːn]; 26 October 1942 – 26 July 2016) was an Egyptian film director, screenwriter, and actor. He was a pivotal member of the "1980s generation" in Egyptian cinema, along with directors such as Khairy Beshara, Daoud Abdel Sayed, Atef El-Tayeb, and Yousry Nasrallah. His main aesthetic credo, in line with directors from his generation, was a reinvigorated realism seeking direct documentation of everyday life in Cairo, beyond the walls of the studio. Khan has 4 films in the Top 100 Egyptian films list..[1]


Khan was born on 26 October 1942 in Cairo, Egypt to an Egyptian born Italian mother and a Pakistani father.[2][3] After completing his high school education in Egypt, he went on to study at the London School of Film Technique (now known as The London International Film School) between 1962 and 1963. He directed several 8mm films. In 1963, he returned to Egypt and worked in the script department of the General Egyptian Film Organization. Between 1964 and 1966, he worked as an assistant director in Lebanon. He then moved again in England, where he wrote his book "An Introduction to the Egyptian Cinema", published by Informatics in 1969. He edited another Book entitled “Outline of Czechoslovakian Cinema”, which was also published by Informatics in 1971.

His 1983 film The Street Player was entered into the 13th Moscow International Film Festival.[4] According to a book issued by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in December 2007, Khan's Ahlam Hind we Kamilia (1988) is one of the 100 landmarks in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

He has one daughter, Nadine, a film director, and one son, Hassan, an artist and musician. He was married twice first to Zeinab Khalifa, a well known Egyptian Jeweller and then to Wessam Soliman, an Egyptian scenarist who wrote three of his movies: Banat Wust el-Balad (Downtown Girls), Fi-Sha'et Masr el-Guedida (In a Heliopolis Apartment), and Fatat el-Masna' (The Factory Girl).

Filmography, screening and prizes

Short Films

Feature Films

See also


  1. ^ Bénard, Marie-Claude, Depaule, Jean-Charles & Ayman Salem (eds.) (1990). Le Caire et le cinéma égyptien des années 1980. Le Caire: Cedej
  2. ^ El Nabawi, Maha (10 November 2016). "Mohamed Khan, master of Egyptian realist cinema, to receive posthumous award at Cairo Film Festival". The National. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Celebrated film director Mohamed Khan dies in Cairo". The Guardian. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  4. ^ "13th Moscow International Film Festival (1983)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Return of a Citizen". Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  6. ^ "15th Moscow International Film Festival (1987)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-02-18.