Hend Sabri: First Arab star to win Starlight Cinema Award

Hend Sabri was also chosen to join the jury at the Venice Film Festival. (AFP)
Updated 06 September 2019

Hend Sabri: First Arab star to win Starlight Cinema Award

DUBAI: The iconic Tunisian-Egyptian actress Hend Sabri won the Starlight Cinema Award at the 76th Venice Film Festival this week, making her the first Arab woman to get this award.

The star wrote on Wednesday to her 2.4 million Instagram followers: “Today I received the #StarlightCinemaAward awarded by The Italian Women Journalists Foundation. Proud to be the first Arab artist to win this award that started in 2014 and won by a large number of global stars, including the world star Al Pacino.”

Sabri was also chosen to join the jury of the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film at the film festival, that has been taking place since Aug. 28 in Italy.

“I am honored to be chosen as a jury member of the Venice International Film Festival. I hope to represent the Arab region in one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals in the world,” the star announced the news on Twitter.

During her attendance at the festival, the 39-year-old actress dazzled the red-carpet in a long-length gown. The strapless dress, designed by Italian fashion house Etro, sparkled in different shades of black and dark blue sequins.


What We Are Reading Today: Floating Coast  by Bathsheba Demuth

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What We Are Reading Today: Floating Coast  by Bathsheba Demuth

Whales and walruses, caribou and fox, gold and oil: Through the stories of these animals and resources, Bathsheba Demuth reveals how people have turned ecological wealth in a remote region into economic growth and state power for more than 150 years.

The first-ever comprehensive history of Beringia, the Arctic land and waters stretching from Russia to Canada, Floating Coast breaks away from familiar narratives to provide a fresh and fascinating perspective on an overlooked landscape, according to a review published on goodreads.com.

The unforgiving territory along the Bering Strait had long been home to humans — the Inupiat and Yupik in Alaska, and the Yupik and Chukchi in Russia — before Americans and Europeans arrived with revolutionary ideas for progress. 

Rapidly, these frigid lands and waters became the site of an ongoing experiment: How, under conditions of extreme scarcity, would the great modern ideologies of capitalism and communism control and manage the resources they craved?