America Abroad Media is honoring renowned Egyptian screenwriter and producer Wahid Hamed together with his son, influential director Marwan Hamed, at its sixth annual Awards Dinner on November 7th in Washington, D.C.
This annual Media Award recognizes individuals whose work demonstrates a strong commitment to purpose-driven content, and who appreciate the unique power of media as a catalyst in informing, inspiring and positively impacting society.
AAM believes that the collective works of both Wahid and Marwan Hamed provide American audiences with a glimpse into the history of the Egyptian entertainment industry, its role as a catalyst for social dialogue, its powerful resonance throughout the Arab world, and its ability to lift taboos and bring forth positive change.
Wahid Hamed is a screenwriter and producer whose repertoire includes more than 100 dramatic works in cinema, television, radio, and theater. Since the 1970s, Wahid has collaborated with a large number of directors, stars and filmmaking talents spanning several generations. While Wahid’s films have won numerous awards and seen major box office success, his career is also notable for the battles he has fought against the authority of film censorship.
His films include: Al Bare’e (The Innocent), Al Ghoul (The Ghoul), Toyour Elzalam (Birds of Darkness), Al Takhshiba (The Prison Cell), Kashf El Mastour (Revealing the Hidden), El Noom Fel Asal (Sleeping in Honey), and El Gamaah (The Brotherhood TV Series).
His son, director Marwan Hamed is one of Egypt’s most prominent filmmakers whose work has explored new genres in the Egyptian film industry. His two-decade career boasts a roster of remarkable works in cinema, television and music videos. Marwan’s films consistently impress critics and audiences alike, topping the box office in Egypt and the Arab world.
His hit films include: Omaret Yaacoubian (The Yacoubian Building), Ibrahim Labyad, El Feel El Azra’ (The Blue Elephant), and Al Asleyeen (The Originals). He is currently preparing for the release of his highly-anticipated upcoming film, Torab El Mas (Diamond Dust).
Held annually in Washington, the AAM Awards Dinner brings together more than 350 influential members of the policymaking, diplomatic and creative communities to honor individuals whose work demonstrates a strong commitment to shared values and who appreciate the unique power of media to inform, inspire and positively impact society.
This year’s Awards Dinner will be co-chaired by, among others, former Chairman of MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures Frank Mancuso, Sr. and Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Charles Rivkin.
AAM’s previous award recipients include award-winning directors Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips); H.E. Noura Al Kaabi, Chairwoman of twofour54 Abu Dhabi; HRH Princess Rym Ali, Founder of the Jordan Media Institute; Tunisian actress Hend Sabry; Saudi actor and comedian Nasser Al Qasabi; and Saudi journalist Turki Aldakhil, among others.
The AAM Awards Dinner will take place on Wednesday, November 7th at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.