Omar El Zohairy

Born in Cairo in 1988, Omar El Zohairy studied film directing at the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo. During his studies, he worked as an assistant for Yosry Nasrallah and Ahmed Abdallah, among many other prominent film directors of Egypt. His first short feature film Breathe Out premiered at the 8th Dubai Film Festival and won the Jury Special Mention Prize at Muhr Arab Short Competition. Breathe Out competed at the 34th Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival – Cinemed. His second short, The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375, was selected by the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation 2014. It was the 1st Egyptian film to be selected in this competition. The film won several awards including best student film at Palm Springs Short Fest and best short film at 36th Durban International Film Festival.

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker]