Meet the five nominees for this year’s Arab British Centre Award for Culture

Esther Manito is one of the nominees or this year’s Arab British Centre Award for Culture. (Supplied)
Updated 08 August 2019

Meet the five nominees for this year’s Arab British Centre Award for Culture

Here are the five nominees for the Individuals category of this year’s Arab British Centre Award for Culture.

ESTHER MANITO

Lebanese-British comedian Esther Manito is recognized for her courageous, confrontational stand-up — aimed at challenging media misconceptions about Arabs — which she has performed in, among other places, a pub frequented by the right-wing English Defence League.

JULIANA YAZBECK

This Lebanese-American musician’s album “Sungod” is attracting critical acclaim around the world. Written in English and Arabic, her songs, which often feature spoken-word sections, are focused on female empowerment, “reclaiming ancestral wisdom and challenging patriarchal structures.”

OMEIMA MUDAWI ROWLING

The British-Sudanese textiles artist whose work, according to the center, “explores themes of identity and change, communication, heritage and womanhood.” Her art, which employs dyes, screen printing and Devoré technique, is influenced by Arab geometry.

SAMAR ZIADAT

A Glasgow-based freelance curator, educator and activist, Ziadat’s practice “centers on issues of decoloniality” among other things. She is the founder of Dardishi Festival, which “celebrates and showcases Arab and North African women’s contributions to contemporary art and culture.”

NADINE KAADAN

Kaadan, an writer and illustrator of children’s books, has been following her passion since she was eight. Her mission, she says, is “to spread reading culture in the Arab world, in a way that is inspired by Syria’s rich heritage.” Her inclusive take on children’s stories has been recognized with a number of awards.


'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' claims No. 1 over 'Joker' in US Box Office

Updated 20 October 2019

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' claims No. 1 over 'Joker' in US Box Office

  • The film starring grossed $36 million in North America and $117 million internationally in its first weekend in theaters

LOS ANGELES: The Walt Disney Co.'s "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" has knocked "Joker" out of the No. 1 spot at the box office, but just barely.
Studios on Sunday estimate that the film starring Angelina Jolie grossed $36 million in North America and $117 million internationally in its first weekend in theaters. The first film had a much stronger domestic showing, opening to nearly $70 million domestically in 2014.
Warner Bros.' "Joker" landed in second place in its third weekend with $29.2 million. The villain origin story has grossed over $247 million domestically.
Third place went to another sequel, Columbia Pictures' "Zombieland: Double Tap" with $26.7 million. The R-rated comedy comes 10 years after the original.
And in limited release, Taika Waititi's Nazi satire "Jojo Rabbit" opened in five theaters with a strong $350,000.