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Marwa Zein – مروى زين

Réalisateur/trice, Producteur/trice, Scénariste, Directeur/trice de la photo, Assistant/e réalisateur


Réalisatrice, directrice de la photo, scénariste et productrice soudanaise

Parfois créditée sous le nom de
Marwa Zein Al-Abdin Fadl
Marwa Zein El Abdin Seed Ahmed Fadl Arbab

Marwa Zein Al-Abdin Fadl, Soudanaise, a fait des études de cinéma au HIC en Egypte avant de travailler comme assistante réalisatrice pour les médias et le cinéma en Égypte et au Soudan. Elle a réalisé trois courts-métrages, deux fictions et un documentaire.
Réalisatrice soudanaise, née à La Mecque, en Arabie Saoudite, elle a longtemps résidé en Egypte (désormais elle vit entre le Soudan et la France).
Diplômée de l’Institut du Cinéma du Caire en 2009. Marwa a participé à divers programmes de cinéma tels que la Berlinale, IDFA Academy, Atelier Haile Gerima (Luxor) et Durban Talent Campus. Son premier court métrage « Une semaine, deux jours (One Week, Two Days) » a fait sa Première au Festival de Dubai 2016.



Sudanese filmmaker, Explorer and Creator.

she is sometimes credited as
Marwa Zein Al-Abdin Fadl
Marwa Zein El Abdin Seed Ahmed Fadl Arbab

Sudanese, she was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, lived & studied in Cairo, Egypt and now between Sudan and France.

After studying Chemical Engineering for 3 years in Cairo University, she decided to quit & pursued studying Film Directing at the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo; graduated in 2009 with an honorable mention. She’s an Alumni of many film institutions such as Berlinale, Luxor (Haile Gerima’s Workshop) IDFA Academy & Durban Talent Campus.

Since studying film, she has been working as Assistant Director in Egypt / Lebanon with great film directors such as Dawoud Abdelsayed, Hala Khalil, Khairy Beshara, Dr. Sherif Sabri and Shady El-Fakharany.

Her graduation project « A game » is award winning short film internationally and nationally that was translated into 5 languages, and selected in Cannes Short Corner 2010

Cultural Resource »Al Mawred Al Thaqafy »selected her to document the work of AL MAWRED and Cultural policies campaign in Egypt 2012| 2013|2014

Her new short fiction « One week, Two days » has it’s World premiere in Dubai International Film Festival and Officially selected in more than 14 International film festivals since then.

Her 1st Long documentary film KHARTOUM OFFSIDE (2019) is to be World Premeried at 69th Berlinale (49th FORUM section), with the support of CNC, IDFA, AFAC, Sorfond and Alter-Cine.

ORE Productions is her own production company based in Khartoum- Sudan.

Since 2014, She is working as film programmer for Sudan Independent Film Festival

Her film « One week, Two days » premiered at Dubai Festival 2016 and her latest

Complete name
Marwa Zein Al-Abdin Fadl

Assistant Director at New Century Film Production
Film Director

Film Director – DOP at Al Mawred Al Thakafy Culture Resources
Al Khawaga AbdelKader – TV Series at Al Gabry Studios
Assistant Director at SSCS Sherif Sabri

Academy of arts Cinema Department
15 School for Girls – Saudi Arabia

Marwa Zein’s Experience

Assistant Director

New Century Film Production
November 2012 – Present
* Rasayel Hob  » Love Letters  » – Feature Film by Dawoud Abdel Sayed
* Assistant Director & Casting Director for Mr. Dawoud Abdel Sayed for his new feature film « Rasayel Hob » (Love Letters) 2013

Film Director

1) Salma – Short Fiction Film
Shot in Jbeil – Lebanon 2007
Adapted from Scent of a girl by the Sudanese Writer Hassan Al Jazouly

2) Randa – My Camera Talk – Short Docu Film
shot in Cairo – Egypt 2008
I was the filmmaker.

3) A Game – Short Fiction Film 35mm
Adapted from the short story (Lets play a game) by The Italian Writer Alberto Moravia 2009
it’s award winning film in Egypt, Turkey & was screened in more than 16 countries across the world.

4) Like A Papaya – Feature film – « In Development »
It’s adapted from true stories from South Sudan

5) Scent of Cinnamon – Short Fiction Film – « In Development »
It’s adapted from the short story ((Scent of Cinnamon)) to the British Writer (Charles Lambert)

Film Director – DOP
Al Mawred Al Thakafy Culture Resources

February 2012 – February 2013 (1 year 1 month) Egypt

making short Documentary Films for The Culture Resource in 2012 & 2013
3 short docu films :

1) Madad
2) Al Mawred
3) Culture & Art for all Egyptians

Al Khawaga AbdelKader – TV Series
Al Gabry Studios

January 2012 – August 2012 (8 months) Egypt

Assistant Director / Script & 1st AD to Mr. Shady Al Fakharany 2012
 » Al Khawaga AbdelKader  » TV series for Ramadan, Leading actors ((Yehya Al Fakharany & Solaf Meamar & Sawsan Badr)) ; It was screened on MBC & Al Hayat Channels.

Assistant Director
SSCS Sherif Sabri

April 2012 – May 2012 (2 months) Egypt

Assistant Director to Dr. Sherif Sabri in  » Maho Zemany  » Video Clip Warda ft Abady Gohar
TV Reporter & Director
Video Cairo sat

Public Company; Myself Only; Media Production industry

September 2010 – February 2012 (1 year 6 months) Juba South Sudan

TV Reporter / Director / Producer during the coverage of the separation of South Sudan
Creating the story, fix it and direct it besides Live Coverage for TV & Radio.
Story length = 1 Min : 3 Min

Marwa Zein’s Organizations
SHNIT international Short Film Festival
Festival Director – Cairo Playground
September 2012 to Present

Organizing the international short film festival in Cairo starting from Oct 2012
it’s Cairo Playground for SHNIT from 3rd Oct till 7th Oct with screening more than 200 international short film from all over the world !

Marwa Zein’s Projects

Culture & Art for all Egyptians
September 2012 to Present
Team Members: Marwa Zein, Mona Iraqi

Short Documentary Film is a part of the media campaign for changing Culture Policy in Egypt
produced by Al Mawred Al Thakafy 2012 / 2013
Scent of Cinnamon
January 2013 to Present
Team Members: Marwa Zein
June 2007 to November 2007
Team Members: Marwa Zein, Rita Mahfrouz, Najwa Harb, Tony Deep, Sherif Zein, Maya Feghaly

Marwa Zein’s Courses

Independent Coursework
Editing & Subtitling – Corto Del Med – FRance 2008
Documentary Filmmaking – Silver Docs AFI Discovery Channel 2009
Film Directing – Durabn Talent Campus 2012

Marwa Zein’s Education
Academy of arts Cinema Department
Bachelor of Education (BEd), Film/Cinema/Video Studies
2005 – 2009

15 School for Girls – Saudi Arabia
1991 – 1997




مروى زين

مخرجة سودانية الأصل ولدت بالسعودية ومقيمة بمصر، تخرجت من المعهد العالي للسينما بالقاهرة. خرّيجة برلينالي تالنت ودربان تالنت. سيتمّ العرض الأول لفيلمها الروائي القصير « أسبوع ويومين » في مهرجان دبي 2016

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