“Trapped” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Mohamed Maged

2023 July 21

“Trapped” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Mohamed Maged

-Who is Mohamed Maged?

I am a filmmaker from Egypt and a co-founder of DASH Group media and film production.
An international award-winning creative and film director.
I am honored to say that I am one of the Notable Alumni of the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, USA, and was so lucky to study and graduate from The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, USA.
I achieved my Bachelor’s and a postgraduate degree in filmmaking and cinema studies from the Academy of Art in Egypt.
My whole life, I study and work in the art field, I worked in advertising, animation projects, TV commercials, and films, as a creative, copywriter, designer, animator, and director, and participated in most of the hit campaigns, branding, and TV commercials in MENA over the past decade.
And I was honored to win and be nominated for over 80 international and regional awards from different films and advertising festivals.

 -What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

Since a young age, I have always been captivated by storytelling. Whether through books, films, or theater, the power of narrative fascinated me. I realized that filmmaking offered a unique medium to convey stories and connect with audiences on a profound level. The ability to transport people to different worlds, evoke emotions, and provoke thought through visuals and storytelling intrigued me. I was inspired by the way filmmakers can create immersive experiences, challenge perspectives, and ignite meaningful conversations. Witnessing the impact that films had on me personally, I knew I wanted to be part of this creative world, using my own stories and vision to entertain, inspire, and touch the hearts of others.

-Do you think cinema can bring change in society?

Absolutely. Cinema possesses a remarkable ability to influence society and spark change. Through storytelling, films have the power to shed light on important social issues, challenge norms, and provoke conversations that lead to a better understanding of ourselves and others. They can amplify marginalized voices, raise awareness about injustices, and inspire empathy and action. By presenting alternative perspectives and showcasing diverse narratives, cinema can challenge societal prejudices and foster inclusivity. It can ignite discussions, encourage critical thinking, and motivate individuals to question the status quo. Films have the potential to shape public opinion, create dialogue, and inspire collective efforts toward positive social transformation.

-What would you change in the world?

As an artist, I believe in the transformative power of art to create a more compassionate, inclusive, and empathetic world. If given the opportunity, I would strive to challenge stereotypes and break down barriers through my work. I would use storytelling to foster understanding and bridge divides, promoting cultural exchange and celebrating diversity. I would tackle pressing social issues, shedding light on topics that need attention and advocating for positive change. I would strive to empower marginalized communities, amplifying their voices and promoting equal representation. Through my art, I would aim to inspire and encourage audiences to embrace empathy, compassion, and the pursuit of a more just and equitable society.

-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

The film industry has constantly evolved throughout history, and I believe it will continue to do so in the next 100 years. Advancements in technology will undoubtedly shape the way films are produced, distributed, and consumed. We can expect to see new immersive experiences, such as virtual reality and augmented reality, becoming integral parts of storytelling. The boundaries between traditional cinema, television, and online streaming platforms will blur further, creating new opportunities for filmmakers to reach global audiences. With the increasing demand for diverse and authentic stories, I anticipate a greater focus on inclusivity and representation in the industry. The democratization of filmmaking tools and platforms will empower more individuals to share their unique perspectives, resulting in a broader range of stories being told. Additionally, the film industry will likely play a crucial role in addressing pressing global challenges, such as climate change, social justice, and cultural understanding. Overall, the film industry’s future holds immense potential for innovation, creativity, and impact on society.