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Mohamed Khan
Mohamed Khan

Egyptian director Mohamed Khan died on Tuesday morning at a hospital in the Cairo district of Maadi following a sudden health crisis, reports Egypt’s al-Ahram newspaper. He was 73.

Khan, is described as one of Egypt’s most prominent directors belonging to a generation of neo­realist filmmakers. His movies tackled social issues that often revolved around female central characters.

He has one daughter, Nadine, a film director, and one son, Hassan. He is married to Wessam Soliman 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).

Here are some interesting things about director Mohamed Khan

1. Mohamed Hamed Hassan Khan was born 26 October 1942 (age 73) in Cairo, Egypt. However, he did not receive Egyptian nationality – by a presidential decree – until March 2014. Why? He was born to an Egyptian-Italian mother, married to a Pakistani father, and Egyptian women married to foreigners were not allowed to pass on their citizenship to their children prior to a 2004 amendment to the nationality law.

2. He directed 24 feature films, that mostly tackled social issues and often revolved around female central characters.

3. Khan is married to Wessam Soliman 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)

4. Khan released a book titled Journey of a Director (Mokhreg Aala Al Tareeq)

5. Before the Summer Crowds, his last film, had its world premiere at the 12th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)

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