Solved today 15 March the anniversary of the birth of the great director Ismail Abdel Hafez, “the most prominent director of television drama”, born on March 15, 1941, and who formed a duet with the son of his governorate, the great author Osama Anwar Okasha, together they presented a number of immortal masterpieces and formed an important shift in Arab drama. Thursday, September 13, 2012, at the age of 71 in Paris, after a short struggle with illness, and he was buried in the cemetery of his family in the village of Al-Khadimiya in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate, which is about 5 Kilometers from the city of Kafr El Sheikh.
Abdel-Hafez was dealing with the reality and problems of the Egyptian family, with the author Osama Anwar Okasha, and this is what has been achieved in many of the dramas that he directed, including “The Witness and Tears” with its parts, “Layali al-Helmiyya” and “My Aunt Safia and the Monastery.”
Ismail Abdel Hafez was born in the village of Al-Khadimiya in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate, and he graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Department of Oriental Languages at Ain Shams University in 1963 with a very good grade with honors. He refused to work as a teaching assistant at the college because he obtained at the same time a letter of appointment to work on radio and television, and worked in 1963 as an assistant director In monitoring children, then in 1965 he moved to watching serials.
Ismail Abdel Hafez was associated with the writer Osama Anwar Okasha, and they became a brilliant couple. Among their most famous works were “The Witness and the Tears”, “Layali al-Helmiyya”, “My Aunt Safia and the Monastery”, “Al-Wasiya”, “The Family”, and “A Woman from the Time of Love.” And “The Devil’s Gardens”, and his directing production stopped after the death of Usama Anwar Okasha grieving him, and among the works of “Layali al-Helmiyya – five parts,” al-Masrawyah, two parts, “Shahd and Tears, two parts,” and the goblins of the sila, Gardens of the Devil, and Mordi Street , Enemy of the day, a point of order, a woman from the time of love, my aunt Safia and the monastery, Al-Wasiyah, Al-Mawj and Al-Sakhr, Ibn Lail, against the current, our people, the Zifta Republic, our people, and the walls of love.