Oprah Winfrey gushes over ‘director extraordinaire’ Nadine Labaki

Nadine Labaki and her husband Khaled Mouzanar at an event earlier this year. (AFP)
Updated 12 February 2019

Oprah Winfrey gushes over ‘director extraordinaire’ Nadine Labaki

DUBAI: Oscar nominated Lebanese director Nadine Labaki and her producer husband Khaled Mouzanar dined with Oprah Winfrey, who took to Instagram to share the exciting moment this week.

"Look who came for lunch… director extraordinaire @nadinelabaki and her producer husband Khaled.

I love their movie #Capernaum so much. If you get the chance, see it!"

Oprah previously expressed her love for the movie on social media and was joined in her sentiment by actress Glenn Close who said the film impacted her deeply in a red-carpet interview at the BAFTAs, when asked what her top films of the year were.

“Capernaum. It moved me to my absolute core. I think it’s a masterwork. I really do,” she said.


American singer/song writer John Legend speaks out against Palestinian suffering

John Legend has spoken out against the occupation of Palestine during a podcast. (AFP)
Updated 20 February 2020

American singer/song writer John Legend speaks out against Palestinian suffering

  • Legend spoke on Palestinian rights during a podcast with the online news platform The Intercept earlier this week

DUBAI: The American singer-song writer, John Legend, has spoken out against the occupation of Palestine during a podcast.

“That’s a baseline for human position,” Legend said on Palestinian rights during a podcast with the online news platform The Intercept earlier this week. 

The 41-year-old artist, according to the host Mehdi Hasan, is one of the few celebrities who has linked the fight for human rights, civil liberties, the fight against detention and mass incarceration in the US and in “the occupied Palestinian territories.” “How did you come to that position?” the host asked. 

“There should not be a whole group of people in a county, just because of their nationality or religion, being held in open-air prisons, denied freedom of movement and having their land annexed by settlers. That’s just a human position,” the “All of Me” singer replied. 

“I think, as someone who is observing what’s going on, and saying ‘This is right,’ or ‘This is wrong,’ clearly it’s wrong what is happening to the Palestinians, it’s so obvious,” he added. “Anybody who doesn’t believe that’s the case is being willfully blind, I believe.”

It is not the first time the award-winning star has spoken out in favor of Palestinian rights. 

Last year, Legend appeared on the political panel show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” in which he said: “As progressives, we should also speak up for human rights for Palestinians, and for too long, I think, it has been out of bounds for progressives to speak up for the rights of Palestinians.”