Abdel Rahim Kamal: The Sophisticated Scriptwriter and Novelist

Abdel Rahim Kamal
Abdel Rahim Kamal

Abdel Rahim Kamal: The Sophisticated Scriptwriter and Novelist

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi saw that “the issue of awareness in its comprehensive concept is the most important issue” that can be addressed through art, and seemed more specific in talking about “awareness of religion,” saying: “We all have to know that we are supposed to reformulate our understanding of the belief that we walked upon.”

The name of the Egyptian writer and scriptwriter, Abdel Rahim Kamal, topped the search engines, after the Egyptian president praised his writings on television drama.

President El-Sisi called Azza Mostafa, presenter of the “Tahrir Hall” program, on the “Sada El Balad” channel, during which he was keen to send a message to the guest, writer and scriptwriter Abdel Rahim Kamal.

The President said, addressing the guest of the episode, Kamal: “You are a wonderful role model who speaks in a way that reflects a volume of knowledge and sophistication of thought and culture, and I tell you: Prepare what you want and I am with you. You are doing a job that mobilizes all the talent as quickly as possible to build true awareness.”

The Egyptian writer Abdel Rahim Kamal possesses an exceptional talent that gave him extreme privacy, and a wonderful ability to present flesh and blood experiences on television and cinema.

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Whoever contemplates his creative record finds it filled with important works of art, including “Al-Rahaya”, “Al-Kinz”, “Wanous”, “Al-Khawaja Abdel-Qader”, and the fact that he was able to captivate the viewer through his easy dialogue, and his skill in narrating events.

Abdel Rahim Kamal, born in Al-Isawiya, east of Suhag, Upper Egypt in 1971, graduated from the Higher Institute of Cinema, screenwriting department in 2000. He has authored several novels such as “Journey to Denmark”, “Luxury Torment”, and “Other Countries”, and two short story collections.

He drew the attention of the Arab public and critics with his works on the Egyptian level and the mastery of his tales, due to his upbringing in Upper Egypt, which put him in a different position from the rest of his fellow writers.

He started his artistic career with a sitcom entitled "Shabab Online" in 2002, and presented his first movie in 2008, "On the Side, O Osta", with star Ashraf Abdel Baqi, who monitors the suffering of one of the groups that he did not highlight before, namely "taxi drivers". 

He collaborated with the great star Yahya Al-Fakharani in several works, including: “Sheikh Al-Arab Hammam (The Last King of Upper Egypt)” in 2010, “Al-Khawaja Abdel Qader” in 2012, “Dahasha” in 2014, “Wanous” in 2016, and finally “Naguib Zahi” Zarkash” in Ramadan 2021.

While the last series of Abdel Rahim Kamal, “Cairo Kabul” last Ramadan, caused a sensation, for addressing a thorny issue of terrorism, in addition to the artists embodying the characters in a unique literal way, the audience applauded, and the series starred a distinguished elite of senior stars headed by Tariq Lutfi, Fathi Abdel Wahab, Khaled Al-Sawy, and Hanan Mutawa, and Nabil Al-Halfawi and others and was directed by Hossam Ali.

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The Egyptian scriptwriter and novelist is a member of the Writers Union and the Syndicate of Cinematographers and was awarded the best Arabic Scenarist for the series “Al Khawaja Abdulqader,” in the Taiki Festival in Jordan. Abdelrahim is also a member of the jury of the short documentary film festival in 2010 and the jury of the graduating class Scenario in 2014 and 2015 from the Higher Institute of Cinema - Academy of Arts.

He has won many local awards for the script in several Egyptian newspapers, magazines and media organizations and was assigned to be a member of the jury of the Sawiris Cultural and Arts Competition Committee in 2015 and 2018. 

He has a weekly article in Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper and other articles in “Al-Ahram” and “Al Qahira” newspaper.

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