Lebanese director Labaki celebrates Golden Globe nod with heartwarming video

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 08 December 2018
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Lebanese director Labaki celebrates Golden Globe nod with heartwarming video

DUBAI: Lebanese director Nadine Labaki took to social media to celebrate her first-ever Golden Globe nomination — for her critically acclaimed film ‘Capernaum’ — with a heartwarming video.
The film was nominated in the foreign-language picture category, it was revealed on Thursday.
“I haven’t been able to talk with a lot people because we had interviews all day,” she told Variety magazine from the Marrakech Film Festival.
“It’s almost too good to be true,” she added. “At the end of the day it’s a small film that we made ourselves. It’s really homemade, so it’s a big achievement for everyone who worked on the film, and for every actor who was in it.”


Archaeologists find mosque from when Islam arrived in holy land

Updated 18 July 2019
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Archaeologists find mosque from when Islam arrived in holy land

  • Authorities estimate the mosquer dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries
  • Rare to find house of prayer so ancient whose congregation is likely to have been local farmers

RAHAT, Israel: Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of one of the world’s oldest rural mosques, built around the time Islam arrived in the holy land, they said on Thursday.
The Israel Antiquities Authority estimates that the mosque, uncovered ahead of new construction in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert, dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries.
There are large mosques known to be from that period in Jerusalem and in Makkah but it is rare to find a house of prayer so ancient whose congregation is likely to have been local farmers, the antiquities authority said.
Excavated at the site were the remains of an open-air mosque — a rectangular building, about the size of a single-car garage, with a prayer niche facing south toward Makkah.
“This is one of the earliest mosques known from the beginning of the arrival of Islam in Israel, after the Arab conquest of 636 C.E.,” said Gideon Avni of the antiquities authority.
“The discovery of the village and the mosque in its vicinity are a significant contribution to the study of the history of the country during this turbulent period.”