Shadi Abdel Salam

شادي عبد السلام Shadi Abdel Salam

Shadi Abdel Salam (Arabic: شادي عبدالسلام‎) was an Egyptian film director, screenwriter and costume and set designer.

Shadi Abdel Salam
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Born in Alexandria on 15 March 1930, Shadi graduated from Victoria College, Alexandria, 1948, and then moved to England to study theater arts from 1949 to 1950. He then joined faculty of fine arts in Cairo where he graduated as an architect in 1955.

He worked as assistant to the artistic architect, Ramsis W. Wassef, 1957, and designed the decorations and costumes of some of the most famous historical Egyptian films among which are; Wa Islamah, El-Nasser Salah El-Din, Almaz wa Abdu El Hamouly.

Worked as a historical consultant and supervisor of the decoration, costumes and accessories sections of the Polish film (Pharaoh), directed by Kavelorovitch.

Directed the long drama film entitled The Night of Counting the Years (Al-Momiaa), 1968–1969, and received many film awards for this work. Also directed the short drama film entitled El-Falah El-Faseeh (The Eloquent Peasant).


Worked as the Director of the Ministry of Culture Center for experimental films, 1970

Wrote the scenario of the long drama film entitled Ikhnatoun and finalized the relevant designs, 1974–1985

Taught at the Cinema Higher Institute of Egypt in the Departments of Decorations, Costumes and Film Direction, 1963–1969

He died on 8 October 1986.