Sherif Arafa

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Sherif Arafa (Arabic: شريف عرفة‎) is an Egyptian director, writer and producer. He was born on December 25, 1960 and graduated from the Higher Institute of Cinema in 1982. Both his father, Saad Arafa, and his older brother, Amr Arafa, are directors.

Sharif Arafa participated in the making of many of the movies in the history of Egyptian cinema, such as Birds of the Dark, The Mafia, and Halim.

He directed the 2010 film Escaping Tel Aviv (Walad Ela' Am) starring Moslem Salwa, (Mona Zaki) who marries Ezzat (Sherif Mounir) and has two children, a boy and a girl. Ezzat, who turns out to be a Mossad spy, abducts her and the children and takes them from Egypt to Israel. She cooperates with the Egyptian secret service, who promises to help her escape with the children back to Egypt in exchange for agreeing to spy on her husband.

Arafa worked with big stars such as Soad Hosny and Ahmad Zaki and also many unknown faces to the film world such as Alaa Mohamed Heneidy, Mona Zaki, Mohamed Nour, Mohamed Saad, Ahmed Helmy, Haitham Ahmed Zaki, and many others. He produced several movies and television works such as Halim, Tamer we shawkeya and "Lahazat Harega" "Critical moments".


He received many awards during his career such as:

  • Awards for best director and best film of the Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni to play movies with adults, Terrorism and Kebab and The forgotten
  • Silver Award for best film festival in 1992 Milan African Film and film terrorism kebab
  • Bronze Award for best film festival in Venice in 1995 for "dark birds
  • Silver Award for best film festival in Milan in 1995 for "dark birds
  • The prize for best out of the festival's national cinema in 2007 for the film Halim.

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