(1947 - 2019)
Samir Seif studied at the High Cinema Institute and graduated in 1969 after earning a masters in 1991 and a PhD in 1999 where he researched and analysed Egyptian action films.
His debut film Daerat Al-Intikam (Circle of Revenge, 1976), was an adaptation of Alexander Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo starring Nour Al-Sherif, Mervat Amin, and Shwikar. He went on to work with generation’s top talent: comedy superstar Adel Imam as well as Youssra, the late acting veterans Ahmed Zaki and Nour Al-Sherif. He also headed the jury of Alexandria Film Festival in 1993 and was a jury member of Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) in 2019.