The Egyptian cinematic director Khaled Youssef obtained Bachelor of Engineering in 1990,He chaired the Cinema Committee and chaired the Higher Committee for Festivals of the Supreme Council for Culture from 2012 to 2017 and a member of the 50th Committee for the Drafting of Egypt’s Constitution in 2014, and was elected a member of the Egyptian House of Representatives for a legislative term from 2015 to 2020. He has founded the Egyptian Arab Film Production and Distribution Company ( Misr Arabia Films Co.) in 2011. the Egyptian director Khaled Youssef is considered one of the most important directors of Egyptian and Arab cinema through its history. He was a special and unique cinematic case, as for the first time in cinema history, crowds of ordinary people, not just specialists, went to see a film for an director whose films were a success, unprecedented in both mass and monetary terms, and called the case Khaled Youssef’s cinema and his films were distinguished by handling different subjects In Egyptian cinema in a new, fun and visually interesting narrative style, it adopted issues that affect the concerns of the simple Arab citizen, contributed effectively to raising awareness and create cultural, political and social mobility.

Khaled Youssef is considered as one of the participants with effectiveness in 25 January revolution which toppled President Mubarak and his regime after 30 years of rule. He was one of the most important actors who went to Tahrir Square and defended the young protesters, despite his belong to the cinema world he considered himself betraying his cinematic profession because he was unable to portray the events of the revolution Because of its full integration into the revolutionary act.

After half an hour of the looting works, which is started in 25 January revolution 2011, Khaled Youssef could protect the Egyptian Museum through his a famous cheering who launched on the channels which alerted the Egyptian crowds to protect the Museum. The   Egyptian crowds formed human shields to protect the Egyptian Museum and were able to protect the great human impact of one of the oldest human civilizations.

Since 2000, when he released his first film (El-Assifa) and passed through with the trio of films that predicted the Egyptian revolution (Dokan Shehata – Heya Fawda – Heena Maysara) and until the latest films, Karma. Khaled Youssef’s lens has mirrored the upheavals in Egyptian society, from the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait to the rule of former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak to Egypt for more than 30 years, then the eruption of Arab Spring revolutions and beyond. Also, rise of religious trends, the Western relation with the Arab world and the challenges faced by the peoples for their freedom and Anti-corruption and oppression. Khaled Youssef was keen to present a cinema that dreams of a more beautiful reality, abides by the people’s concerns and issues, supports the marginalized and the simpletons, rejects injustice, demands social justice. Also, rise of political Islamism and the ever-changing relation between the Arab and Western world and the challenges faced by the peoples for their freedom and Anti-corruption and oppression. Khaled Youssef was keen to present a cinema that dreams of a more beautiful reality, abides by the people’s concerns and issues, supports the marginalized and the simpletons, rejects injustice, demands social justice and carries with it all unacknowledged cases in the Egyptian and Arab society through a cinema that seeks to communicate with the world and adopts the values of right, good, and beauty.

In 1964, Khaled Youssef was born to a mayor Father in addition to being the secretary of Socialist Union at Kafr Shokr ( the only political organization founded during the rule of President Gamal Abdelnasser.) in in Delta Egypt (Kafr Shokr). His father provided him culturally upbringing with social and political dimensions because of the bias of the father to the ideas of Arab Socialism (Nasserism). The relationship father’s with Khalid Mohi Eldin, the member of 23rd Revolution Leadership Council, and is one of the main symbols of the leftism and socialism in the Arab world has largely impacted him remarkably in his youth to make him familiar with the windows of extensive knowledge and considerable experience added to him and contributed to formation of his consciousness.

 

Khaled’s learned early on about the rest of the world. This gave him a unique platform to present the films which are expressing the people with a bold message, reflected the reality and forward-looking vision and achieved the highest revenues on the box office. The films praised by critics and the public, won awards and celebrated by Arab and international festivals, and imposed himself as one of the world’s top Arab innovators.

Early Life

Khaled Youssef’s got Bachelor of Engineering – Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, he graduated from Engineering faculty – Shubra 1999, was one of the prominent leaders of the student movement in the eighties, head of Students’ Union of Zagazig University – (Engineering faculty at  Shubra) Benha branch 88-1989. His participation in student’s activities made him closer to senior politicians, cultured and creative characters of The Arab nation such as Youssef Chahine. When Youssef Chahine touched Youssef’s talent, engorged him to work in cinema filed through participation in the short narrative documentary film (El-Qahira Menwwara Be Ahlaha) in 1991, Chahine’s gave him acting role addition to his training on directing. As soon as Youssef discovered his a tendency and an attraction to directing, as a result, he joined the students’ battalion of Yousef Chahine School, in 1992 Khaled Youssef became co-director to Youssef Chahine and participated in writing the film’s scenario and dialogue together with others in (El Mohager)1994. This is highly reflected in his films, particularly when he became the executive director of (Al-Masir)1997 , (Al-Akhar)1998 , and “Alexandria- New York “in 2004  that he assisted Youssef Chahine in writing the story, scenario and dialogue for these films, in 2000, he authored and directed his first film (El-Assifa), and he obtained the grand award of International Arbitration Committee in Cairo International Cinema Festival (Silver Pyramid), and the award of Best Arabic Film, in addition to the reward of best director (Top Work) in the 7th edition of the National Festival of the Egyptian Cinema. He participated in many international festivals, such as San Francesco Festival in the USA, in 2001 he completed his second film (Gawaz Be Qarar Gomhouri) and won the award of best director (Top Work) in the 8th edition of the National Festival of the Egyptian Cinema in 2002.

He completed the film (Enta Omri)2004 has been represented Egypt at Cairo International Cinema Festival which won the award of Best Actress. In 2005-2006, he presented (Ouija) and (Khiana Mashroaa) written and directed by him, in this films showed the extent of the Mass response to his movies. Also, he participated with the director Youssef Chahine as co-directed the film (Heya Fawda)2008  in rare previous in history of Egyptian cinema that the film represented Egypt in Venice International Film Festival in its formal competition.

In the same year 2007 he presented (Heena Maysara) which has caused much controversy  not only in Egypt alone, but around the world ,the film achieved great success at the criticism and public levels. Also, has won most of the awards of the National Festival of Egyptian cinema such as: Best Film, Best Director, Best Decor, Best acting. In 2008 Youssef presented (El-Rayes Omar Harb) film  has won the best director award from the Egyptian National Film Festival for the second year in a row. In 2009, Youssef was completed his ninth film (Dokkan Shehata) after He became one of the most prominent and controversial filmmakers in the Arab world, and what did he present about problematic matters   that deserve to be discussed in a cinematic way, characterized by visual interest and a distinguished  style in visual simulation. In 2010, Youssef presented his tenth film (Kalemni Shokran) , in which he presented his own vision of the impact of the communications revolution on the change of the value system in the Arab society. In the same year 2010, completed his eleventh film (Kaf el-Qamar) but could not screen it until the end of 2011 due to the circumstances of the revolution of 25 January. His triple movies (Dokkan Shehata – Heya Fawda – Heena Maysara) were considered of those that contributed in exposing the size of injustice, coercion, and corruption suffered by Egyptians which led to mainstreaming the spirit of rebellion that  led the January 25 revolution 2011 and subsequent events took place years before and even predicted all their details and were considered one of the most important signs of the revolution. (Kaf el-Qamar 2010) film highlights the reality of the Arab nation after the revolutions, of disintegration, divisions, conflicts, and the magnitude of the challenges it faces. In 2017, Youssef came back behind the cinema camera for filming his latest movies (Karma)2018 after a period in which he was busy with political work, he was followed by preparation for the historic film ” Andalusia “, 2021, which deals with the causes of the fall of the Kingdom of Andalusia and its events in the 16th century.

Khaled Youssef’s film movement between various film styles: Melodrama, light comedy, historical film, political film, musical drama, romantic film, and documentary film.

    • Dokkan Shehata (2009)
    • Kalemni Shokran (2010)
    • Kaf El-Qamar (2011)
    • Karma (2018)
    • Andalusia (2021)
      • Khiana Mashroaa (2006)
      • Heena Maysara (2007)
      • Heya fawda (2008)
      • El-Rayes Omar Harb (2008)
      • El-Assifa (2001)
      • Gawaz Be Qarar Gomhouri(2002)
      • Enta Omri (2004)
      • Ouija (2005)

Films in which he participated with Youssef Chahine:

      • 11 September (2002)
      • Alexandria – New York (2004)
      • Al Akhar(1999)
      • Lumiere brothers (1995)
      • Al Masir (1997)
      • Kolaha Khatouah (1998)
      • Al-Qahira Menwwara Be Ahlaha (1991)
      • Al-Mohager (1994)

Cultural Shock

Khaled Youssef is considered a very special cinematic language (from people to people), is called “Khaled Youssef’s cinema”, that embodied reality, has a forward-looking vision in the future, committed to Egyptian and Arab society issues, and expressed their hopes and pains. Cinema made him as one of the self-cinema pioneers who strip itself and reveal the hidden in an Arab world that is afraid of fact-finding.
These films formed a cultural and cinematic shock at the time, but they opened the appetite of a generation for simulation.

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      • El-Assifa (2001)
      • Gawaz Be Qarar Gomhouri (2002)
      • Enta Omri (2004)
      • Ouija (2005)
      • Khiana Mashroaa (2006)
      • Heena Maysara (2007)
      • Heya fawda (2008)
      • El-Rayes Omar Harb (2008)
      • Dokkan Shehata (2009)
      • Kalemni Shokran (2010)
      • Kaf El-Qamar (2011)
      • Karma (2018)

Khaled Youssef & Politics

Khaled Youssef was no stranger to the Egyptian and Arab political scene, especially Youssef engaged in it as result his ideological awareness and political rise since his early age has formed  his conscience and biases were driven by the pulse of the streets and the youth’s aspirations, especially because of his closeness to his father who was mayor in addition to being the secretary of Socialist Union at Kafr Shokr ( the only political organization founded during the rule of President Gamal Abdelnasser.) in in Delta Egypt (Kafr Shokr)..

His father provided him culturally upbringing with social and political dimensions because of the bias of the father to the ideas of Arab Socialism (Nasserism). The relationship father’s with Khalid Mohi Eldin, the member of 23rd Revolution Leadership Council, and is one of the main symbols of the leftism and socialism in the Arab world has largely impacted him remarkably in his youth to make him familiar with the windows of extensive knowledge and considerable experience added to him and contributed to formation of his consciousness. He expressed it through his political activity as a student and later through his films, which adopted his political positions and his bias the simpletons

With the beginning of the great Egyptian revolution in 2011, He was at the forefront of participants in the January 25th revolution, when the mob took advantage of the absence of the police and State, and tried to rob a museum, he initiated a call through channels to the Egyptian people to head to the Museum to protect it, which had such a great impact on the people’s rescue operation of the Museum. He stayed in the field with millions of Egyptians, until Mubarak’s departure from power, and continued his struggle to achieve the goals of the revolution, for he was at the front of the ranks of the rebellion against the Muslim Brotherhood, and had his share of their attacks, to try to assassinate him.

He has planned and led the occupation of the Ministry of Culture and sit-in inside it, the Brotherhood minister was prevented from entering the ministry, which was one of the last nails in the coffin of the Muslim Brotherhood, which already fell a few weeks after the sit-in, specifically in the June 30th revolution that was documented by the cameras of Khaled Youssef from military aircrafts so the people witness and verify that they have a popular revolution, not a military coup as  promoted by  the organization of the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies.

Then he was chosen among 50 Egyptians for the formulation of the Egyptian Constitution, and in 2015 he stood for the election of the parliament, to meet the desire of the people of Kafr Shukr Department, and still continued his national role inside and outside the parliament biased towards the values he has always believed in… Freedom, social justice and human dignity. Khaled Youssef Cinema was distinguished by its dose of politics and its adoption of social justice, its commitment to the concerns and issues of society, the defense of marginalized classes, the struggle against injustice, corruption, and the pursuit of citizen rights, which is the same system of values that Khaled Youssef fought for through his membership in the Egyptian Parliament 2016 and through his writing of the Constitution of Egypt Expressing the glorious January revolution, as a member of the Fiftieth Committee to draft the Constitution of Egypt 2014.

He completed twelve authored and directed films, as well as participating in writing the scenarios of four films for Youssef Chahine and he obtained many international awards for most of his films, which got a large cash estimate, as well as receiving unprecedented public success

His triple movies (Dokkan Shehata – Heya Fawda – Heena Maysara) were considered of those that contributed in exposing the size of injustice, coercion, and corruption suffered by Egyptians.

These films witnessed the January 25th revolution, and subsequent events before its occurrence by years, and even predicted by all details, and it was considered as one of the most important signs of the Revolution.

His last film before 25 January revolution (Kaf el-Qamar 2010) also witnessed the reality of the Arab nation after the revolutions, of disintegration, divisions, conflicts, and the magnitude of the challenges it faces.

His latest films after the revolution (Karma) 2018 monitored the Egyptian reality with all its political and societal problems, sectarian strife, corruption and a terrible class difference due to the non-alignment of social justice and other thorny issues that Khaled Youssef has been discussing in Parliament and the cinema ,has caused inconvenience to stakeholders and brought against him systematic campaigns that use all methods Dirty in desperate attempts to silence the voice of the people groaning, especially after he rejected the amendments to the 2014 constitution that nullify all the gains of the Great Egyptian People Revolution on January 25 and stipulated in the 2014 constitution before its amendment in 2019. His refusal to give up the land and to defend it by force being the two islands Tiran and Sanfair are Egyptian lands that are considered one of his most important parliamentary battles and caused him to fight it by every means.

      • Heya fawda (2008)
      • Dokkan Shehata (2009)
      • Kaf El-Qamar (2011)
      • Karma (2018)
      • El-Assifa (2001)
      • Gawaz Be Qarar Gomhouri (2002)
      • Khiana Mashroaa (2006)
      • Heena Maysara (2007)

History Teller

Andalus Film 2021 is early starting with historical films, its events are taking place in the 16th century, is about the causes of the fall of Andalusia. Also, the documentary Gates of Hell film 2012 is about extreme Islamic movements and terrorism (roots and endings). Khaled Youssef intends to present a film about (25th January 2011 revolution) at a later stage as a witness to the age and all what was directed against the Egyptian people before and after the revolution.

      • Al-Andalus (2021)
      • Gates of Hell (2012)

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Sing & Dance

Musicals played a substantial role in Khaled Yousef’s cinema. He was one of the very first directors to make his songs an integral part of the film’s dramatic construct..

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      • Heya Fawda (2008)
      • El- Rayes Omar Harb (2008)
      • Dokkan Shehata (2009)
      • Kalemni Shokran (2010)
      • Kaf El-Qamar (2011)
      • Karma (2018)
      • El-Assifa (2001)
      • Gawaz Be Qarar Gomhouri (2002)
      • Enta Omri (2004)
      • Ouija (2005)
      • Khiana Mashroaa (2006)
      • Heena Maysara (2007)

Khaled Youssef & Camera

Khaled Youssef appeared with his true personality as a deputy in the Egyptian parliament in (Karma)2018 in a fleeting scene that included him with deputies of the opposition 30/25 bloc in the Egyptian Parliament during the film’s hero resort to them to uncover corruption and the excesses of the agencies concerned, and Khaled Youssef had previously returned to appear in some of his films such as (Gawaz Be Qarar Gomhouri)2002, (Enta Omri)2004, (Ouija)2005 and (Khiana Mashroaa)2006 in acting

fleeting scene in response to the desire of his son Youssef who was in childhood at the time and does not know much about directing while the filmfor him to see his team on the screen .. in his beginnings Khaled Youssef went through the experience of acting in the documentary (El-Qahira Menwwara Be Ahlaha)1991 by director Youssef Chahine, where he played the role of the unemployed, but he did not find himself in front of the camera, so he went to work behind the camera and began his artistic career with the directing through his work as co-directorto the great director Youssef Chahine.

      • Ouija (2005)
      • Khiana Mashroaa (2006)
      • Karma (2018)
      • El-Qahira Menwwara Be Ahlaha(1991)
      • Gawaz Be Qarar Gomhouri (2002)
      • Enta Omr i(2004)

Controversy

His films, especially Heya Fadwa(2008), Heena Maysara(2006), and (Dokkan Shehata)2009 were controversial in Egyptian society, but many considered them to have contributed to uncovering the deteriorating reality experienced by the Egyptians, which led to the planting of a kind of rebellion that contributed to igniting the revolution of 25 January. The screening of his (Karma) film in 2018 was banned due to his handling of political matters and sensitive issues about corruption, sectarian strife and class difference in society, but lift the ban on the film as soon as due to international media circulation of news as the first precedent that occurred against the freedom of peaceful expression of opinion through The Art.

The film had been screened with continued fight against it in the cinemas and the scope of systematic campaigns against Khaled Youssef to silence his voice in art and politics, but he did not care and continued strongly despite everything practiced against him .. History records Khaled Youssef continuity for decades-longin criticizing reality, anticipating the future, adhering to people’s issues and concerns, whatever the challenges, his bet on the new faces that fueled the Egyptian cinema before and after the trilogy of the films of the forward-lookingthe Egyptian revolution (Heena Maysara – Heya fawda- Dokkan Shehata) And he fought his battles with censorship, criticism, and the authority relentlessly. He presented to the Egyptian cinema a group of directors who worked with him as assistants in their beginnings, and a group of movie and television stars who worked with him as new faces in their beginnings..

Most of his films have been met with a sharp criticism and accusations, which have come to accuse him of incitement to immorality and sometimes to stand before the courts and the Culture Committees of the People’s Assembly defending these films against those who seek to prevent them. The same films were received from other sectors with great pleasure and approval, and has a high viewing rate because of the controversy caused by each film to become a people talking for a long time. Especially that every movie in the Khaled Youssef cinema expresses a sensitive problem that touches the reality of the people and boldly expresses their pain and dreams

Throughout his artistic career, Khaled Youssef won many honors and awards at both the national and international levels, culminating in the international festival honoring the creators of Arabs and the world in 2017, honoring his artistic giving in the Egyptian cinema at the Casablanca Film Festival in 2018, winning two awards at the FESPACO Festival In the year 2019, which is considered one of the most important and oldest African festivals in the continent and the world as his movie Karma won the award for Best Sound and Silver Horse Award in the festival’s official competition as the first Egyptian film to receive this award in the history of festival awards, followed by winning his movie Karma with a grant The European Union dubbed it in more than one foreign language, in preparation for its screening in Europe’s cinemas.

      • Heya fawda (2008)
      • El-Rayes Omar Harb (2008)
      • Dokkan Shehata (2009)
      • Kalemni Shokran (2010)
      • Kaf El-Qamar (2011)
      • Karma (2018)
      • El-Assifa (2001)
      • Gawaz Be Qarar Gomhouri (2002)
      • Enta Omri (2004)
      • Ouija (2005)
      • Khiana Mashroaa (2006)
      • Heena Maysara ( 2007)

Abroad

Khaled Youssef traveled on February 1st, 2019 to France to work from abroad after the systematic campaigns against him in Egypt that aimed to silence his voice in cinema and politics. In particular, after his positions was brave in defending the right by his refusal to give up the land and to defend it by force being the two islands Tiran and Sanfair are Egyptian lands that are considered one of his most important parliamentary battles, and his refusal to amend the 2014 constitution,

which is considered the most important gains of the 25th of January 2011 revolution, the articles of this constitution express all the aims of the glorious January revolution and his refusal to amend the constitution which is for Egyptian people the loss of all gains of its great revolution, has greatly affected Khaled Youssef by all unlawful means to discourage him from his position opposing constitutional amendments, but he did not back down and remained for the last moment steadfast on his stance, opposition and defense of the Great Egyptian Revolution of January 25..