Salah Abu Seif

Salah Abu Seif
Born (1915-05-10)May 10, 1915
Cairo, Egypt
Died June 23, 1996(1996-06-23) (aged 81)
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

Salah Abu Seif (Arabic: صلاح أبو سيف, Ṣalāḥ Abū Sayf) (May 10, 1915 June 23, 1996) was one of the most famous Egyptian film directors. He is considered to be the godfather of the realistic cinema in Egypt. Many of the 41 films he directed are considered Egyptian classics.

Salah Abu Seif is the most Egyptian director to direct films adapted from Arabic novels and short stories (17 films), his film Bidaya wa nihaya (1960) was the first film adapted from a novel written by Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz.

He is also credited as Salah Abu Saif, Salah Abou Seif or Salah Abouseif. In 1977 he was a member of the jury at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival.[1]

Early life

Salah Abu Seif was born in the Boulaq quarter, in Cairo, Egypt.


Frequent collaborators


Notable films

Complete filmography

In the press

The best of Egyptian cinema , the best 15 best Egyptian films of all time [5]


  1. "10th Moscow International Film Festival (1977)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  2. "2nd Moscow International Film Festival (1961)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  3. "12th Moscow International Film Festival (1981)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
  4. "17th Moscow International Film Festival (1991)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
  5. Luisa Ceretto (a cura di) Il cinema secondo Salah Abou Seif Salah Abou Seif Cinema according to Salh Abou Seif edited in English and Italian. Written by Anna Albertano, Ibrahim Al-Ariss, Khémais Khayati, Michele Capasso

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