Nadine Labaki to appear at Dubai’s Al-Marmoom film festival

Oscar-nominee Nadine Labaki is set to make an appearance at Dubai’s Al Marmoom: Film in the Desert. (AFP)
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Updated 03 March 2020

Nadine Labaki to appear at Dubai’s Al-Marmoom film festival

DUBAI: Lebanese director and filmmaker Nadine Labaki is set to make an appearance at Dubai’s Al Marmoom: Film in the Desert festival

The four-day cinematic event, which kicks off on March 4 at the Al-Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, will also welcome other headline names such as actors Hatem Ali and Habib Ghuloom.

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker will be partaking in a panel discussion on March 5, while Ghuloom and Ali will headline a panel on building a strong film industry on March 7.

As part of the Dubai Art Season, the inaugural festival will run until March 7 and will serve as a platform to support and spotlight emerging as well as established regional and local filmmakers.

Featuring a jam-packed program of feature length films, shorts and documentaries spanning from 1988 to 2019, the event is not one to miss.

Read on for some of the regional films that will be screened during the film festival.

‘Dunya’s Day’

Directed by Raed Alsemari, this film follows a young woman named Dunya from Riyadh whose perfect graduation party is set back when her domestic help, fed up with her antics, takes off just hours before her guests are anticipated to arrive.

‘To My Dear Home With Love’

The Aisha Al Zaabi-directed short is about a 9-year-old named Fatima who wants to return to her old house as she does not approve of her new home without her friend Sara.

‘Lion of the Desert’

Set in Italy pre-World War II, General Rodolfo Graziani is directly assigned by Benito Mussolini to fight in the colonial war in Libya to vanquish the Arab nation, however, his troops are defeated by the national leader Omar Mukhtar and his army of Bedouins. The film was directed by Moustapha Akkad.

‘You Will Die at Twenty’

Sudanese director Amjad Abu Alala’s award-winning film tells the story of a Sudanese youth haunted by a Dervish prophecy.

‘The Letter Writer’

Directed by the UAE’s Layla Kaylif, this drama focuses on a young Arab boy, who works summers as a professional letter writer, transcribing letters into classical Arabic for local illiterates.

‘Sharp Tools’

Emirati poet and film director Nujoom Al-Ghanem paints a riveting portrait of one of the most influential figures in contemporary art in the Gulf, the late Hassan Sharif. 


Missing your salon? How to care for your hair while you #StayHome

We speak to a hair expert on the dos and don’ts of at-home hair care. (File/Instagram)
Updated 30 March 2020

Missing your salon? How to care for your hair while you #StayHome

DUBAI: As salon-goers face the closure of spas, salons and barbershops, we speak to Haneen Odeh, founder of UAE’s Snob salon for her take on the dos and don’ts of at-home hair care.

Many men and women who rely on salon visits to keep their lengths healthy could be left wondering what to do between now and their next visit to a professional hair stylist. But just as important is what not to do (read: DIY trim job) to avoid ruining your hair and having to impose your own personal period of self-isolation once the pandemic is over due to a ruined haircut you tried to pull off in the bathroom mirror.

Don’t bleach your own hair
“For those who usually go to the salon to dye their lengths blonde, roots may be starting to show now. And while it might be tempting, I would strongly urge to not bleach your own roots. Lightening dark hair is a very complex multi-step process that requires years of experience and professional grade products only available at salons. Bleaching your hair incorrectly might result in burning and damaging your hair. Instead, opt for a root spray such as the L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Concealer Spray. Otherwise, you can always conceal your dark roots with a headband or try wrapping your hair up with a scarf.” 

Do deep conditioning treatments
“Use this time to nourish your hair with a deep conditioning treatment. A lot of people simply apply it in the shower on wet hair for a few minutes and call it a day, but that way means that your lengths aren’t getting the full benefits of the product. Think of hair like a sponge, when it’s wet, it’s already full of water and cannot absorb anything more. So to make sure the product is fully absorbed into your locks, towel dry your hair after shampooing and then apply the treatment. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. You’ll see a huge difference.” May we suggest The Let It Go Circle hair mask from Davines, which is designed to boost hydration and revitalize dry and brittle strands?  

Don’t pick up the scissors
“When you’re bored, it might be tempting to pick up the scissors but, and I can’t stress this enough, don’t trim your own bangs or make any big changes to your hair cut on your own. It will inevitably go wrong and you will end up paying more to get it fixed in the long run. Try out some new hairstyles instead. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube so experiment a little and get your hair professionally cut once it’s safe to do so.”

 Don’t over wash
“The more you wash your strands, the more you strip the scalp of its natural oils, and that in turn makes the scalp produce even more oil, which causes you to wash your hair more often — and the cycle goes on and on. Now is the perfect opportunity to give your lengths a break and cut down on the washing. Your hair might get oily, but once the adjustment period is over, you will notice that it will require less frequent washing.”

Do try scalp treatments
“Too often, we pay attention to the lengths of our hair and give our scalp no attention. But caring for your scalp improves the overall health of your tresses, stimulates hair growth and gets rid of dandruff due to product buildup. Scalp treatments range from serums to salt scrubs, so pick a product that suits your hair needs. Le Labo's basil-scented Scrub Shampoo uses black sea salt and menthol to clear away dirt and cool scalps down.”