Mahmoud Abdel Shakour
Mahmoud Abdel Shakour Writer, journalist and a prominent literary and arts’ critic. Deputy editor-in-chief of October magazine. He writes for several Egyptian and Arabic newspapers and reviews, he is also a weekly columnist at Al-Shorouk Egyptian newspaper. Born in December 1965, he graduated from the faculty of mass communication, the department of journalism in 1987. He trained at Alwafd newspaper and worked at the Egyptian office of Alanbaa’ Kuwaiti newspaper. His articles were published in a large number of printed and online Egyptian and Arab newspapers and magazines, among them: the Kuwaiti Alkabbass, the Parisian The Seventh day which was published in the 80s, the daily Rosa Elyoussef newspaper, Tahrir newspaper, New Cinema magazine, Al-Helal magazine, Al-Youm Al-Gedeed newspaper, and online at An Eye on Cinema, Al-Ketaba and Al-Shorouk. He participated in the selection committees of the Cairo International Film festival and Ismailiyya International Documentary Film festival. He was a member of the cinema committee at the Supreme Council for Culture, and is a member of the journalists’ syndicate as well as a member of the association of Egyptian film critics. In 2014 he published his book Youssef Sherif Rizkallah: Lover of Visions within the Cairo International Film festival. In 2015/2016 he published four books that were very successfully received, the first book was I was a young boy in the seventies: a cultural and social biography (December 2015 by Al-Karma publishing house, with a second edition in May 2016). He also published Cinemania: the fascination with films and a different vision to see them and Unforgettable Faces: Portraits of Egyptian actors, both by Al-Shorouk. He also published a book on literary criticism: The Masks of Narration: articles on Egyptian, Arab and foreign novels under the Egyptian Lebanese publishing house. He has several books on cinema and film criticism in the pipeline, as well as a book on the late novelist Mohamed Nagui.