With a BA in Theatre and another in Mass Communication & Journalism from American University in Cairo, Sherif started his professional career as a reporter for the Al-Ahram Weekly culture section – gaining special insights into Cairo’s film, art and music industries. His theatre works as a director include Moliere’s Don Juan, which opened the Theatre Festival at the Bibliotheca in Alexandria, Eugene Ionesco’s ‘The Lesson’ at El Sawy Cultural Centre and David Mamet’s ‘Oleanna’ at the American University in Cairo which starred Amina Khalil.
Sherif took the plunge and directed, wrote, produced and composed the soundtrack (with Ramsi Lehner) of his first short movie Miraculum. Acclaimed by the critics, the film entered over 25 international film festivals, and won three awards including ‘Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking’ at the Newport Beach Film Festival and ‘Best Sociopolitical film’ at the New York Independent International Film Festival and was later sold to the FRANCE TELEVISIONS network. Sherif’s following production ‘Les Petits Chats’ landed distribution with Mad Solutions and has achieved more cinematic screenings than any other feature documentary in Egypt and is currently available for viewing on SHAHID VIP.
Sherif Nakhla is also a music producer and DJ having deejayed all over Cairo since 2005 mixing tunes varying from funk to techno in clubs such as 610, The Cairo Jazz Club, The Tap, Aurora and Nacelle’s B’SIDES & FUNK n’POP.