This monday, I’d like to introduce you to Egyptian Director Amr Salama. One of the most inspiring up and coming directors in Egypt, Amr has directed two feature films “Asmaa & On a Day like Today ”, and one documentary dealing with the revolution that happened in 2011 “Al Tahrir 2011, The Good, the viscious and the politician“. His work has won first place and recognition in many Middle Eastern and International film festivals. He also directed several ads, awareness campaigns, music videos, documentary films, short films and TV series. A blogger and writer, his blog boasts over 250 thousand visits and his YouTube channel has received over 1.50 million views. He has over 80 thousand followers on twitter and more than 18 thousand fans on facebook.

I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

A: I used to draw when I was very young, started writing short stories in prep. school.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

A: I would have been working in a barber shop..  yeah.. really.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

A:  Depending on the project, with everyone new project I pick couple of inspiration sources, but mainly ads, music videos, films and theater, everything I can put my hands on. With every film/project I make I target a director or an artist that I like and try to think as I were him/her for a long period of time, then throw that away and do it my way, as my intuition drive me.

I: Share any piece of your work, recent or old and talk about it.

A: Here’s a short documentary that I directed in 2005. It was the one that inspired me to work on my later feature film ”Asmaa“. It was a humble short documentary that didn’t take long to make, but it ignited a question in me, a question of ‘why’ do i do what i do?!. It  also gave another dimension to my profession and that’s when I discovered the power of making movies. Movies can be more than just an entertaining product, it can change people’s lives, inspire and influence them. This film was made to be shown during a big AIDS conference to an audience from the big Pharmaceutical corporations. Its’ aim was to show them how people living with AIDS in Egypt are suffering, so they can lower the price of medication. What was really amazing, is that they actually did lower the prices after the conference.

Other than that, the movie was a motivation for me to have this sense of social responsibility, which is something that’s very important to every film maker.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

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