The award was given to Khoury by the ambassador of France to Egypt in Cairo.
Born in 1958, Khoury is a graduate of economics from Cairo and Oxford Universities.
She has directed and produced films on controversial issues such as identity, memory, and social exclusion. She worked with renowned Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine, and made her first documentary, The Times of Laura (1999). She then worked on Women Who Loved Cinema (2002) and Shadows which tackles personal and social perceptions of the mentally ill.
Shadows premiered at the Opening of Venice Film Festival (2010), and won the FIPRESCI award at Dubai Film Festival (2010) and the Italian television Rai award (2011) at the International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary and Current Affairs Films.
She produced and directed Let's Talk (2019) which received the Audience Award at the 41st Cairo International Film Festival. Very personal in character, the film is a conversation between her and her daughter about ordinary things in life: death, life, illness, identity, marriage etc.
Khoury is a managing partner at the Cairo-based Misr International Films, one of Egypt’s production companies. She is also a co-founder of the Panorama of the European Film.