Sherif Arafa

Sherif Arafa, born in 1960, graduated from the Higher Institute of Cinema. His passion for cinema began in his early years as he came from a well known artistic family. He is the son of director Saad Arafa and the older brother of film director Amr Arafa.

Arafa directed movies that became iconic milestones in the history of Arab cinema, including El leab Ma'aa El Kobar (Playing with the Giants), El Erhab We El Kabab (Terrorism and Kabab), El Mansy (The Forgotten), Tyour El Zalam (Birds of Darkness), El Noum fe El Asal (Sleeping in Honey), Idhak El Soura Tetla'a Helwa (Smile, The Picture Gets Better), El Nazir (The Headmaster), Halim, Welad El Amm (The Cousins) Al Jazeera (The Island) and in 2011 X-Large.
Sherif Arafa has won many awards during his artistic career. He won the silver award for his film, El Irhab We El Kabab (Terrorism and Kabab), at the Milan African Film Festival in 1992. Arafa won the bronze award for his film Tyour El Zalam (Birds of Darkness) at the Venice Film Festival in 1995. He also was named best director for his film Halim at The National Film Festival of Egypt in 2007.
Sherif Arafa supplemented his successful career as a director by also producing successful works like the sitcom Tamer & Shawkeya and films like Ibn Ezz and Halim.

In addition, Sherif Arafa set the dramatic tone of Lahazat Harega Season I and directed some of the most important and memorable episodes in seasons I, II and III.

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