AFAC Documentary Program - 2020
A Cairo-based filmmaker, Marianne Khoury gravitated towards cinema after graduating with an Economics degree from Cairo and Oxford. For more than three decades, Marianne has closely collaborated with iconic filmmaker Youssef Chahine. She produces and directs films that engage the audience on an intimate level, tackling themes of identity, memory and marginalization. She produced and co-produced around 30 feature films and documentaries that won awards in regional and international festivals. Acting as a conduit between artists and the cinema industry, Marianne was instrumental in introducing the first edition of the Panorama of the European Film in Cairo in 2004. Her latest initiative, The Dahshur Workshops, is dedicated to the mentoring and development of films made by emerging Egyptian and Arab talent. Marianne has been a jury member in major festivals and a consultant to prominent cultural institutions. Marianne’s latest film “Let’s Talk” was selected to take part in the 32nd edition of IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and won the Audience Award at the Cairo International film festival, 2019.