Born in Cairo in 1952, he studied statistics in the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, during which time he was active in the film club movement. From 1978-82 he worked in Beirut as a film critic. After collaborating on a project with documentary filmmaker Omar Amiralay, he worked as an assistant director for Youssef Chahine from 1982-85 on his film, "Adieu Bonaparte". He has been a director in his own right since 1988 and has shown his work at numerous international film festivals ever since.
Source: 58. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)