Egyptian screen legend Omar Sharif passed away on Friday 10 July, aged 83.

Best known for his appearances in Arabic, British and American productions, Sharif became famous for his outstanding performances in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Funny Girl (1968). During his career, he was nominated for an Academy Award, won three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award.

In an exclusive interview, Sharif shared the importance of one of his last productions and what the Arab world meant to him. The excerpt here was featured in Scene By Scene, an APSA-produced documentary series in association with CNN, and was broadcast globally on CNN International on 10 November, 2007.

The Scene By Scene documentaries presented outstanding works of filmmakers across the Asia Pacific region, spanning film studios, festivals and film sets in Cairo, Istanbul, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, New Zealand, Bhutan and Beijing.

More Scene By Scene interviews here.

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