is an Egyptian film critic and programmer. He is the Arab delegate of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival and member of Berlin Critics' Week. He is also the former director of programming of the Cairo International Film Festival. He co-authored various books on Arab cinema and has contributed to numerous outlets in the Middle East, including Middle East Inistitite, Al Jazeera, Egypt Independent and The National (U.A.E.), along with international film publications such Verite. To date, his writings have been published in five different languages.