The death of the Syrian director Mohamed Ferdous Atassi


The artistic scene lost director Mohamed Ferdous Atassi (1942-2021), who died at the age of 79, after suffering complications from the Corona virus. In this context, the “Artists Syndicate” and the “Ministry of Information” in Syria mourned the late, stopping at the stations of his working life. Atassi was infected with the virus about five days ago, before he was transferred to the hospital after his health deteriorated. The late director is considered one of the most prominent Syrian directors. He was born in the city of Homs in 1942. He studied film directing in Czechoslovakia, and obtained a master’s degree. He was a member of the Artists Syndicate since 1971, and he held the position of head of the directors department on Syrian TV. Atassi presented his first theatrical work “Strangers Don’t Drink Coffee” at the opening of the Damascus Theater Festival in 1971 before joining Syrian TV the following year. The series “Al Bayader” (1976) was his first directorial work for television. Atassi worked as a teacher at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Syria for more than ten years. He participated in the juries of many art festivals in Prague, Cairo, Tunis and Manama, and received local and Arab awards for his distinguished works. Among the series he signed are: “Midnight Dreams” (written by Riyad Naasan), “The Black Painting” (written by Youssef Kandalaft), “Family Diaries,” “The Doctor,” “Family Memoirs,” “Yaqout Al Hamwi” (Written by Anwar Tamer). “The Condemned,” “Summer Snows,” “Tamr Henna” (written by Ahmed Hamed).


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