Biography: Ibrahim El-Batout was born in Port-Said, Egypt in 1963. Though he studied physics in school, he began working as a cameraman at the Video Cairo Production House and subsequently developed a deep interest in film. From 1987-2004 he worked as a director, producer and cameraman, documenting war zones for international television conglomerates. During this time El-Batour had a hand in capturing twelve wars on camera, including but not limited to Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Palestine, and the Iraq-Iran war. He has filmed over 29 documentaries and has received much acclaim for his global work in areas of conflict. After being shot twice, in 2004 El-Batout returned to Egypt where his interests shifted to narrative film. Although his method of storytelling shifted, his work is still politically engaging and rooted in social conflict. In 2007, El-Batout co-wrote and directed an independent narrative, Ein Shams (Eye of the Sun), the first independently-financed film to obtain a commercial screening in Egypt.
Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Winter of Discontent (2014, 2015).
Eye of the Sun/Ein Shams (2008);
Winter of Discontent (2012);
El Ott (2014).