Cineasta egipcio nacido en 1963, Ibrahim El Batout es realizador, productor y primer operador. Desde que empezó a trabajar en 1986, tiene en su haber numerosas obras para cadenas internacionales de televisión. Ha sido galardonado con el Premio Rory Peck Trust (2003) y con el Premio Axel Springer de Alemania (1994 y 2004).
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Ibrahim El-Batout, who was born on the 20th of September, 1963 in Portsaid, is a graduate of the American University in Cairo in 1985, majoring in Physics. El Batout's infatuation with the camera started in the Video Cairo Production House, an agency that provides facilities for foreign TV-stations. There, he worked as a sound engineer. Shortly after, El Batout began to experiment with filmmaking and learned about the skills required of cameramen, editors and directors. Later, he worked for a year at a British television station called TV-Am, located in Cyprus. Since then, he has worked as a director, producer and cameraman, capturing stories mainly about human loss, suffering, and displacement since 1987, and has also directed numerous documentaries for international TV channels, such as ZDF (Germany), TBS (Japan) and ARTE (France).
El Batout documentary work has received numerous international awards, such as : the Axel Springer Award in Germany (1994 and 2000) and the Direct Marketing Association's coveted ECHO award (1996).
Towards the beginning of 2004, El Batout stepped into the world of fiction to make the long feature film'Ithaki' (2005). His second feature film'Ein Shams' (Eye of the Sun) (2008) has won the Golden Bull, the top prize at the 54th Taormina Film Festival, 2008.
In 2010, El Batout has completed his third feature film Hawi (the juggler), which is in its Post Production stage. Before Hawi is even completed, it has already attracted the attention of the Hubert Bals Fund, Netherlands, who awarded the film a Post Production Fund. The film will premiere in the Netherlands at the Rotterdam International Film Festival January/February 2011.
Ibrahim El Batout has worked as a director, producer and cameraman capturing stories mainly about human loss, suffering, and displacement since 1987.
He has directed numerous documentaries for international TV channels, such as ZDF (Germany), TBS (Japan), and ARTE (France).
His documentary work has been honoured by the Rory Peck Trust (2003), and has recieved the Axel Springer Award in Germany (1994 and 2000) and the Direct Marketing
2010 Hawi - Writer, Director, D.O.P., Producer
2007 Ein Shams (The Eye of the Sun) - Writer, Director
2005 Ithaki - Writer, Director, D.O.P., Producer
2007 I am a Refugee in Cairo (Al Jazeera International)
2006 26 Seconds in Pakistan (Islamic Relief Foundation)
2004 Baghdad (ZDF)
2003 Mass Graves in Iraq (ZDF)
2002 Drug Addiction in Kuwait (ZDF)
2002 Pilgrimage to Mecca (ZDF)
2001 The River that Connects Future EC Countries (ZDF)
2001 Three German Women Living in Gaza (WDR Germany)
2000 A Day of an Ambulance Driver in Ramalla, Palestine (ZDF)
1999 Nagib Mahfouz: Passage du siecle (ARTE)
1999 The War in Kosovo (ZDF)
1998 The Beginning of the War in Kosovo (ZDF)
1996 Slavery in Southern Sudan (ZDF)
Awards and Honors
* 2008 Ein Shams Is Rated No.6 Of 10 Best Films Of The Year 2008
* 2008 The Golden Bull, The Top Prize At The 54th Taormina Film Festival for "Ein Shams"
* 2008 The Golden Hawk in Rotterdam Festival for "Ein Shams"
* 2008 International Carthage Festival Award For "Ein Shams"
* 2003 Rory Peck Sony International Impact Award Finalist (United Kingdom) for'Mass Graves in Iraq'
* 2000 Axel Springer Award (Germany) for'A Day of an Ambulance Driver in Ramalla'
* 1996 ECHO (European Union) for'The Victim of a War that Ended'
* 1994 Axel Springer Award (Germany) for'Female Circumcision in Ethiopia'
* 1991 Honorary Award TBS (Japan) for the coverage of the first Gulf War