‘Raafat al Haggan’ Director: Yahya al Alami Dies
The renowned Egyptian director Yahya al Alami's family announced his death at the age of 60 Saturday morning in Cairo. The director died after suffering from viral hepatitis (c) for few months, according to the local press.
Alami began his TV and cinema work after he had graduated from the college of law in early sixties and built up along with directors Mohammed Fadhel and Ismael Abdul Hafez the team of the second direction generation for the Egyptian TV in its beginning after the first generation of directors including the late directors Noor al Dimerdash and Hamadah Abdul Wahhab and Yousef Marzouq.
Alami directed about thirty films during the course of his career including Khaefah Min Shaien Ma (Afraid of Something) starring Nagwa Ibrahim, Taer al Lail al Hazeen (Sad Night Bird) and Tazweer fi Awraq Rasmiyyah (Forgery of Official Documents) starring Mahmoud Abdul Aziz.
His direction work in TV included the 60 plus episode series Raafat al Haggan, starring Mahmoud Abdul Aziz. The series depicted the life history of an Egyptian intelligence officer who was invaginated in Israel and played an important role in 1973 war between Egypt and Israel. Cairo streets used to look deserted during the series airing.
Alami’s TV work included also the series Howa Wa Hiyyah (He and She) costarring late Suad Hosni and Ahmed Zaki. The series belong to the comedy genre and depicts the problems of marriage among youth including searching for a house and finding a job.
Among other series directed by al Alami were al Hawi (Conjurer), al Zaini Barakat, Nisf Raie al Akher and the last one Banat Afkari (My Brainchildren) which was aired during last Ramadan.
The last post assumed by the late director was the head of drama production at the Media Production City. Before that he was the director of Radio and TV Union Production Department for three years during which more than 13 films were produced under the direction of other directors.
Alami was married to Tahani Rashed and had one daughter.
The renowned director was infected with hepatitis. The Egyptian Minister of Culture, Safwat al Sherif issued a resolution concerning his treatment abroad at the expense of the government but he was too ill to travel. About one ago he was moved to Dar al Fuad Hospital in October City near Cairo where he died -- Albawaba.com
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