Egypt’s veteran scriptwriter Wahid Hamed passes away at 76

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Sat, 02 Jan 2021 - 07:44 GMT

File: Wahid Hamed.

File: Wahid Hamed.

CAIRO - 2 January 2020: Veteran Egyptian scriptwriter Wahid Hamed passed away at 76 after long struggle with illness.

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) honored the late great Egyptian screenwriter in the opening ceremony of its 42nd edition with the Golden Pyramid Award for Lifetime Achievement for a career that spanned over five decades, during which he wrote over 40 films and 30 television and radio series, most of them garnering commercial and critical success.

 
His works have won numerous awards in festivals locally and internationally.
 
Two of his films
were picked for the acclaimed list of the best 100 Egyptian films in the 20th century; Sherif Arafa’s ‘Al-Laab Maa al-Kobar’ (Playing with Giants, 1991) and Atef El-Tayeb’s ‘Al-Baree’
(The Innocent, 1985).
 
 
Hamed is considered one of Egypt’s most renowned writers.
 

 

He was born on July 1, 1944, in Sharqia governorate.
 
Hamed received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in the late 1960s, before embarking on a career in screenwriting. 
 

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