Highlights from Cairo’s Ubuntu Gallery’s

The exhibition runs until Feb. 1. (Supplied)
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Updated 16 January 2020

Highlights from Cairo’s Ubuntu Gallery’s

  • Here are some highlights from Cairo’s Ubuntu Gallery’s retrospective of Hassan Mohamed Hassan, which runs until Feb. 1

Oil on board

Hassan Mohamed Hassan (born Cairo, 1906) is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of Egyptian modern art, along with peers including Saeed El-Sadr and Ahmed Osman. His work — as illustrated in this piece — was heavily influenced by classical forms, but he interpreted them in a modernist way. 

Pencil on paper

Hassan’s solo retrospective at Ubuntu shows the scope of his talent, with oil and watercolor paintings on display alongside pencil sketches such as this one. Like many Egyptian artists of the period, Hassan’s work was deeply patriotic, seeking to establish a new national identity that remained true to Egypt’s heritage after Ottoman occupation.

Watercolor on paper

This market scene is typical of the artist’s depictions of life in Egypt, focusing on everyday scenes and regular people. While many of Hassan’s works are on public display — including six in the Egyptian Museum of Modern Art — this show is a rare chance to see so much of his art collected in a single space. 


French-Tunisian star Sonia Ben Ammar joins the cast of ‘Scream 5’

Updated 20 September 2020

French-Tunisian star Sonia Ben Ammar joins the cast of ‘Scream 5’

DUBAI:Up-and-coming French-Tunisian singer, model and actor Sonia Ben Ammar has joined the cast of “Scream 5,”  it’s been revealed this week.

 According to Variety, production on Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures’ upcoming relaunch of the  famous horror film franchise is set to begin later this month.

Filmmaking duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who are behind “Ready or Not,” are directing the forthcoming film.

The first “Scream” film was released in 1996, well before Ben Ammar was even born.  A smash hit upon its debut, the movie helped to revive the horror genre, becoming the highest-grossing slasher movie of all-time. 

This will be Paris-born Ammar’s first high-profile Hollywood gig as an actress. She along with other young franchise newcomers will be joining returning cast members David Arquette, Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell, who are all reprising their iconic roles as Dewey Riley, Gale Weathers and Sidney Prescott.

Plot details for the new film, set to debut in theaters on Jan. 14, 2022, are still under wraps,  so it is not yet known what role the French-Arab star will be taking on.

“I’m SCREAMing of excitement!! (sic)” wrote the 21-year-old on Instagram, announcing the news to her 730,000 social media followers. “Incredibly grateful to be part of one of my favorite franchises. 2nd photo is my face when I got the call lol (sic),” she captioned a screenshot of Variety’s article announcing the news and a blurry snap of her clearly overjoyed. 

However, it’s not the multi-hyphenate model’s first foray into the film industry.

Ben Ammar, who is the daughter of Tunisian film director Tarek Ben Ammar and actress Beata, previously starred in Guillaume Canet’s French-language film “Jappeloup” as well as the stage musical “1789: Les Amants de la Bastille.”

She’s also appeared in several music videos, including “Drivin’ Thru the Night” by DJ Petit Biscuit, as well as clips for her own singles, such as “Joyride” from her debut EP.

In addition to music, Ben Ammar is also a rising model, and has worked for many major brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, Carolina Herrera and Chanel, among other prestigious fashion houses.