Director Ali Badrakhan won Egypt’s annual Nile Award for the Arts on Sunday, after voting by the Supreme Council of Culture, reported state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.
The Supreme Council of Culture also voted for late critic Al-Taher Mekky for the Nile Award in literature and Sabry Al-Shabrawy for the award for social sciences.
The 71 year old director is the son of late director Ahmed Badrkhan, and former husband of late actress Soaad Hosni.
Badrakhan has worked on 15 films, including Al-Hob Alazi Kan, Al-Karnak, and his divorcée’s last film Al-Ra’i Wal Nisaa.
Among artists who previously won the Nile Awards for the category of the arts are late director Youssef Shahin, actress Samiha Ayoub, late actress Magda Sabahy, cartoonist Ahmed Thabet Toughan, and for the category of literaure are Naguib Mahfouz, Anis Mansour, and Bahaa Taher.
The Nile Awards are granted in the categories of art, literature, social sciences, and technological sciences, and were formally titled the Mubarak awards, until the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak. The awards were renamed in 2011.