Hend Sabri nabs award for ‘Noura’s Dream’ at the Carthage Film Festival

Hend Sabri plays the lead role in ‘Noura’s Dream.’ (AFP)
Updated 05 November 2019

Hend Sabri nabs award for ‘Noura’s Dream’ at the Carthage Film Festival

DUBAI: Tunisian-Egyptian actress Hend Sabri won the Best Actress award at the Carthage Film Festival this week for her role in “Noura’s Dream.”   

Director Hinde Boujemaa, who also wrote the script, tackles an unusual dilemma of a woman being pulled in three different directions by her husband, lover and three young children, two of them girls.

 

Sabri wrote to her 2.6 million Instagram followers, saying: “Crowning ‘Noura’s Dream’ (with) the Golden Tanit (award) and crowning me as the best actress from my country’s festival, and the oldest festival in Africa, for the second time in 25 years is an indescribable feeling. Thank you to the audience from whom I draw my strength.”

 

It is not the first time the 39-year-old star has won an award for “Noura’s Dream.” She also clinched the Best Actress prize at the El-Gouna Film Festival in September.

Sabri also won the Starlight Cinema Award at the Venice Film Festival in September.


Iconic Algerian raï singer Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris

Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris. (File/Getty Images)
Updated 17 November 2019

Iconic Algerian raï singer Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris

  • Earlier this week, the Council of Paris designated an area of the French capital's 18th arrondissement to honor iconic raï singer Cheikha Rimitti
  • The square bears the name of the late singer

DUBAI: Earlier this week, the Council of Paris designated an area of the French capital's 18th arrondissement to honor the late iconic raï singer Cheikha Rimitti. Situated between Rue de la Goutte d'Or and Polonceau, the square bears the name of the Algerian musical pioneer.

Often called the “grandma of raï music,” Rimitti was born Saadia El-Ghizania to a impoverished family near Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria, in 1923.

After being orphaned during childhood, she went on to join a troupe of traditional Algerian musicians and sang and danced at weddings and celebrations around West Algeria before moving to the rural town of Relizane and writing her own songs.

During her decades-long career, she composed more than 200 songs that tackled themes of colonialism, poverty and immigration that have inspired some of today’s most celebrated raï singers, including Cheb Khaled and Rachid Taha.

She moved to Paris in 1978, where her music went on to garner international recognition. In addition to performing in sold-out tours in major cities across the world, she also collaborated with Robert Fripp and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The iconic singer died in Paris in 2006 at the age of 83 from a heart attack, just two days after performing at the Zenith.