Emirates Literature Foundation goes digital, unveils lineup of author talks online

Dr. Jane Goodall speaking at the 2020 Emirates Literature Festival. (Instagram)
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Updated 08 April 2020

Emirates Literature Foundation goes digital, unveils lineup of author talks online

DUBAI: Following in the footsteps of the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s AlSerkal Avenue, the Emirates Literature Foundation is the latest cultural institution to go digital.

This week, the foundation will debut its online content to the world, which will feature a limited series of panel discussions from the 2020 edition of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature — exciting news  for those who missed the opportunity to attend in February. 

To attend the virtual panel talks, the public can log on to the elfdubai.org website or subscribe to the EmiratesLitFest YouTube channel to see explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington in discussion. The panel will be the first session revealed, with one new session recordings released on a weekly basis.

Other panel discussions people can look forward to include discussions with famed authors such as Jane Goodall, Fatima Bhutto, Tayari Jones and more.

The cultural institution will also be sharing book recommendations and a curated list of resources for literary entertainment.


Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

Youssef Kerkour is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.” (Instagram)
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Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

DUBAI: Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour has landed a nomination for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), the academy announced on Thursday, after the awards were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The actor, who grew up in Rabat, is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.”

Kerkour, who is also known for roles in “Dracula,” “Redemption,” “Criminal” and “Marcella,” took to Twitter to thank his supporters. 

“Thank you all for your lovely messages this morning. It is a tremendous honor to be nominated in such stellar company,” the 41-year-old actor said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

La famille MAISON @channel4 #home #season2

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The series, created by British writer and actor Rufus Jones, follows a middle-class London family who find a Syrian asylum seeker named Sami (Kerkour) hiding in their luggage while returning from holiday in France.

Kerkour’s tweet also paid tribute to Jones. 

“I must however say that there is a name missing IMO (in my opinion). That name is Rufus Jones. His writing will give you nominations,” he wrote.