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.


Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to get his very own Times Square billboard

Arabic music star Amr Diab features on Times Square billboard. (Photo: AFP)
Updated 12 November 2019

Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to get his very own Times Square billboard

  • Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to appear on a Spotify billboard in Times Square
  • The move is a bid to promote the music and culture of the Middle East and North Africa

DUBAI: Amr Diab is the first Arab musical artist to get his face plastered on a Spotify billboard in New York City’s iconic Times Square. 

The streaming giant projected a smiling portrait of the Egyptian crooner in one of the most-visited landmarks in the Big Apple in a bid to promote the music and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.

The Egyptian singer has become the first Arab music artist to be featured on a billboard in Times Square. Supplied

“Today we are celebrating Diab’s legacy and we are proud to see him shine so brightly - literally - on the global stage,” says Claudius Boller, Managing Director, Spotify Middle East and Africa in an official press statement. 

According to Spotify, the legendary singer’s music is most streamed in the United States, followed by Sweden, Germany, the UK and Canada.

His album “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam) brought him global success and earned him the title of “The Father of Mediterranean Music” for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms. 

Diab received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist, and World’s Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

He was also one of the first artists to headline a concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the Saudia E-Prix in 2018. He was part of a superstar lineup that included the likes of Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo, the Black Eyed Peas, One Republic and David Guetta. 

The 58-year-old singer is set to take the stage of the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre in Jan. 20, 2020.