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Ahmed Magdy Wins the Best Actor Award at the Trophees Francophones du Cinema in Senegal

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For His Role in Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim

Ahmed Magdy Wins the Best Actor Award at the Trophees Francophones du Cinema in Senegal


Prominent director/actor Ahmed Magdy won the Best Actor Award at the sixth edition of the Trophées Francophones du Cinéma in Sénégal for his role in Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim. This comes a few days after the premiere of his feature directorial debut, The Giraffe, at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF). Stars, written, and directed by Magdy, the film was also screened at the Marrakech International Film Festival.

Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim follows a strange love story of a young man living in a rough neighborhood. He travels across Egypt on the recommendation of a psychic along with Ibrahim who is almost driven mad by the voices he hears in his head. Their journey turns into a voyage of friendship and self-discovery. The film stars Ali Sobhi, Ahmed Magdy, Salwa Mohamed Ali and Nahed El Sebai. Directed by Sherif El Bendary, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim is written by Ahmed Amer, based on Ibrahim El Batout's story.

A multi-talented Filmmaker, actor, and Yoga instructor, Ahmed Magdy was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Ain Shams University, then joined the Al-Tamy Theater Troupe and worked as an actor and assistant director for three years. His debut film is the independent short documentary Magra Al Seil (Riverbed) in 2007.

Afterwards, Magdy took part in a workshop titled Al Zat Wa Al Madina - Al Qahira (The Self and the City- Cairo), through which he directed his documentary film, Zizo (2007). After that, Ahmed directed Keika Bel Crema (Cream Cake) (2008) that received the Judges Award at the Algerian Independent Film Festival and the Jordan Independent Short Film Festival, in addition to the Silver Hock award at the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam.

Magdy's documentary film Ila Al-Bahr (To the Sea), participated in Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2009, the festival which Ahmed visited again in 2012 as a member of the Short Films Competition Jury. In 2013, Ahmed received the SANAD Development Grant from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and the AFAC Production Grant in 2014 for his debut narrative feature The Giraffe. As an actor, Magdy received a number of awards for acting in highly-acclaimed films in festivals, such as Asafeer Al Neel (Birds of the Nile), Microphone, The Gate of Departure, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim, and Mawlana, alongside a number of successful TV series.