The Moroccan director and screenwriter, Mohamed Ismail, died yesterday evening, Saturday, at the age of nearly 70, and that he has been suffering with illness for months, according to what was announced by the Moroccan critic, Ahmed Al Sijilmassi, on his Facebook account.
And according to a source close to the family of Moroccan director and screenwriter Mohamed Ismail, to “Dosem” website, the latter died in his last breath at his home in Martil after his health condition deteriorated.
And Mohamed Ismail had entered Sania Raml Hospital in Tetouan, at the end of last week, after he had left it a few days ago.
Jamila Siddiq, the wife of Moroccan director Mohamed Ismail, revealed in a previous telephone conversation with her, “Setinfo” website, that her partner had suffered two consecutive strokes, and that after suffering a nosebleed, she had to re-insert him, last Sunday, to Sania Al-Raml Hospital, with the help of the artist Farah Al-Fassi, who is closely following his health condition, addressed her with sincere thanks and the Director of Sania Al-Raml Hospital, Dr. Muhammad Al-Khassal.
Jamila explained that after the Moroccan director was subjected to a scan of “scans”, the doctors found that he was still suffering from strokes at the level of the brain, in addition to a blockage in the vessels responsible for the performance of motor functions, which made her husband completely unable to move his upper and lower limbs.
The critic Ahmed Al Sijilmassi wrote a post on his Facebook account, in which he said that the artistic experience of the late Mohamed Ismail, the creative artist, who increased in Tetouan on September 1, 1951, exceeded four decades of giving, after studying at the Faculty of Law in Rabat, affiliated to the University Mohammed V, joined Moroccan television in 1974, where he produced a series of reportages, documentaries, variety, theatrical productions, advertising links, and others for its benefit.
Al-Sijilmasi added that Mohamed Ismail’s filmography, in its feature-length narrative section, consists of seven cinematic films. They are successively “Oshtam” (1997), “After…” (2002), “Here and for Him” (2004), “Goodbye Mothers” (2007), “Children of the Country” (2009), “Frustration” (2015) and “No Mora: Love in a Time of War (2020), and four television films: Waves of Righteousness (2001), Allal Al-Qulda (2003) and Why No? (2005) and “The turbulent time” (2010). This is in addition to two short films, the first, fictional, entitled “Flat 9” (2013), and the second for television, for the benefit of Al-Jazeera, for children, entitled “The Gift” (2008).
The same speaker added, “Mohamed Ismail practiced production, directing, script writing, management and implementation of production, and his films were chosen to participate in the competitions of a group of national and international festivals inside and outside Morocco (Carthage, Ouagadougou, Kerala, Brussels, Cairo, Rome …), and some of them received awards, including “The Grand Prize and the two directorial and screenplay prizes:“ After ”won it in the seventh edition of the National Film Festival in Oujda in 2003, and“ The Best TV Film Award for the year 2002 was won by “Amwaj Al Barr” (produced by Channel Two), and the award The Grand Prize and the Best Directing award were won by the movie “Allal Al-Qalda” (produced by Channel Two) at the International Festival for Arab Television in Cairo in 2004, and the same film won the “Golden Star” award for best film in Morocco in the “My Stars” competition, in addition to the “Jury Prize”. Youth arbitration obtained by the film “Goodbye Mothers” in the sixth session of the Francophone Film Festival in Safi in 2008. ″
He also received other awards: Best Music Awards (for Kamal Kamal) and Best Decor Awards (for Abdelkrim Aglash) at the 21st edition of the FESPACO Festival in Ouagadougou in 2009, the Grand Prize for Religion Today in Rome, and the Singes Prize in Rome.