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Filmmaker Marianne Khoury Awarded with France's Legion of Honour

Her role as a conduit between Egypt and Europe has cemented her close ties to the French film community.

Egyptian producer, director, writer and mentor Marianne Khoury received the Legion of Honour - France’s highest order of merit - from the French ambassador in Cairo. Her role as a conduit between Egypt and Europe has cemented her close ties to the French film community.

Khoury debuted her directorial career with ‘Laura’s Time’ in 1999, followed by the movie ‘Cinema Lovers’ in 2002. Both documentaries discuss the female experience in Egypt, and follow characters that are deemed as rebellious by traditional standards.

The niece of late great Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, Khoury became a managing partner at Misr International Films, which Chahine founded in 1972. Khoury’s close cooperation with the iconic director continued for nearly 30 years before his passing in 2008.

Currently, Khoury is heading The Dahshur Workshops, a project she launched in 2011 to develop and mentor films presented by emerging Egyptian and Arab talents.