Tarik Saleh

  • Tarik Saleh
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Film director, Producer, Screenwriter, Publisher, Graphic designer, Voice over
Principal country concerned : Column : Theater, Cinema/tv, Fine arts, Literature, Design

Egyptian Swedish graphic designer, producer, animator, editor, director and screenwriter.

Tarik SALEH is a graphic designer, producer, animator, editor, director and screenwriter.

He is known for THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT (2017, Director | Screenwriter) and BOY FROM HEAVEN | WALAD MIN AL JANNA (2022, Director | Screenwriter).

Tarik Saleh (born on 28 January 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden) is an Egyptian-Swedish television producer, animator, publisher, journalist and film director, who in the early 90s was one of Sweden's most prominent graffiti artists. He has also worked as a TV host for Sveriges Television and is one of the founders of the production company Atmo.
His work often contains techniques such as montages, cut-out graphics and faces with manipulated lip synching.

Egyptian-Swedish Tarik Saleh started as a graffiti artist and has made animated shorts. Together with Erik Gandini he directed the documentaries Sacrificio, Who Betrayed Che Guevara? (2001) and Gitmo - the new rules of war (2006) that both sparked international debates.

His most recent film, Tommy (2014), was a thriller featuring Moa Gammel, Ola Rapace, and singer/songwriter Lykke Li. Saleh directed and co-wrote Metropia (2009 Venice International Film Festival), featuring Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, and Stellan Skarsgård, and he has co-directed award-winning documentaries, such as Gitmo. Saleh produced the music video I Follow Rivers for Lykke Li, which has had nearly 60 million YouTube views.
His third feature, The Nile Hilton Incident, won the Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Dramatic (Sundance 2017).

"Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara?" (2001)
"Gitmo - The New Rules of War" (2006)
"Metropia" (2009)
"Tommy" (2014)
"The Nile Hilton Incident" (2017)
"Boy from Heaven (Walad min al Janna)" (2022)


updated by Thierno Dia, on May 24th, 2022.


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