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Ghaleb Shaath

Ghaleb Shaath

Sector : Media, Directors

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Egypt
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1935
  • Age: 88
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Ghaleb Shaath, a Palestinian director, was born in 1935 in Jerusalem, and immigrated with his family to Gaza following the Nakba in 1948. He died in Cairo in 2022.

Education and career
Ghaleb Shaath studied architecture at Cairo University, before working for some time in Saudi Arabia, then obtaining a diploma in engineering from Vienna in 1963 and a diploma in directing from the Film Institute in Vienna in 1967, which was a very important station in his professional and personal biography, in which he watched films and got to know On high European artistic spaces, however, watching films that advocate Zionism there made him go to higher studies in cinema and directing, and he obtained his degree in 1967, the year of the setback, before which he became acquainted with the Fatah movement in Europe and affiliated with it.

He achieved an important professional experience in Egyptian television, when he performed skits and evening parties, before directing his only feature film, for which he became famous for a long time, “Shadows on the Other Side” (Mahmoud Yassin, Naglaa Fathi, Madiha Kamel, 1974 production), which was banned by censorship first, before it was banned. He authorized it after winning a prize at a festival in Czechoslovakia (I saw it for the first time in Tetouan, accompanied by Ghaleb). He founded with a group of Egyptian directors the “New Cinema Group” in the seventies, and during his artistic career he contributed to the establishment of the Palestinian cinema stream in Lebanon with the Samed Foundation. He also worked on translating some movie scripts into Arabic and won several awards for his movie “Shadows on the Other Side” by Mahmoud. Diab, and the films “Earth Day” and “The Key”.

Ghaleb Shaath passed away on Sunday morning, 17 July 2022, in Cairo, at the age of eighty-eight.


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