Artist in Residence: Mohamed Diab

PHOTOS: Lizzy Brooks and Keith Zwolfer

Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab is the Film Society's sixth Artist in Residence. Diab's schedule includes programs in each of the Film Society's core areas -- education, exhibition and filmmaker services.  As you see from the photos, he's been busy touring the Bay Area and visiting high school and college classrooms and engaging in discussions with groups like the World Affairs Council of Northern California.

This week we are excited to host a screening of his debut feature film Cairo 678 (October 10) and Artist Talk at SFFS FilmHouse (October 14).

When I started making films, I wanted to make big blockbusters with the biggest stars. And then I discovered that’s not what I really needed. I needed to make something that was close to my heart, something that had a big message.
— Mohamed Diab on Cairo 678, KQED Interview

About Cairo 678:

Mohamed Diab's feminist drama tackling the issue of sexual harassment in Egypt was described by the New York Times as "unmistakably a harbinger of that revolution, vividly portraying how the old system failed repeatedly to address daily indignities and frustrations suffered by ordinary Egyptians." 

The Fall 2013 Artist in Residence program is made possible by a grant from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and is presented in partnership with Compound.

Cairo 678 is co-presented by the Arab Film Festival and the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women


Mohamed Diab was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 1977. Having migrated to Egypt, he studied commerce at Suez Canal University in Ismailia before pursuing film at the New York Film Academy. In 2011, Diab received a Webby Special Achievement Award for his role as a social media activist during the revolution in Egypt, for "embodying the spirit of the Internet and harnessing its power to bring freedom and democracy to [his] nation." Prior to his directorial debut Cairo 678, he was the writer of four films (Real Dreams, The Island, The Replacement, and Congratulations), which enjoyed commercial success in Egypt.