Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha joins Venice International Film Festival jury

Dora Bouchoucha is Tunisia’s first female movie producer. (AFP)
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Updated 27 July 2020

Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha joins Venice International Film Festival jury

DUBAI: Tunisian film producer Dora Bouchoucha was on Monday named as a jury member for the 77th Venice International Film Festival due to take place in September.

Festival organizers announced that Bouchoucha, Tunisia’s first female movie producer, would be a judge for the Luigi De Laurentiis award for best debut feature screening in Venice.



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The 62-year-old filmmaker will join Italian director Claudio Giovannesi, who will serve as president, and French artistic director Remi Bonhomme, who has also been appointed as artistic director for the Marrakesh International Film Festival.

In 2017, the Huffington Post described Bouchoucha as “a born rebel, a trailblazer of wonderful self-assurance, elegance, and beauty” and in 2018 she attended the Cannes Film Festival premiere of “Dear Son,” a feature film co-produced by her company, Nomadis Images.



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The winner of the Luigi De Laurentiis award will receive $100,000 to be shared between the film’s director and producer.

Venice is the world’s longest-running film festival and in January its organizers announced that Australian actress Cate Blanchett would preside over this year’s edition.

Due to the lockdowns imposed on the film industry around the world to help limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the festival was likely to be attended by fewer productions, said regional governor Luca Zaia, who is also a board member of the Biennale di Venezia arts organization.

Imaan Hammam was the star of Milan Fashion Week

Updated 27 September 2020

Imaan Hammam was the star of Milan Fashion Week

DUBAI: The Milan calendar is quieter than usual this season, with just a handful of designers staging physical shows and the rest opting for digital presentations. However, that didn’t stop Moroccan-Egyptian-Dutch model Imaan Hammam from having a pretty stellar Fashion Week.

Hammam, who made her runway debut at Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2013 Couture show aged 17, is a Fashion Week regular.

After months of lockdown and self-isolation amid the coronavirus health crisis, the 23-year-old supermodel jetted off to Italy this week to make her runway return for a number of prestigious fashion houses. 

She kicked off Milan Fashion Week with an appearance at Fendi last week. Despite not walking for several months, when the model got out there, she made it look as easy as ever. Wearing a black, oversized blazer over a sheer top-and-skirt combo, her hair pulled back and parted neatly down the center, she stole the show.

“Feels good to be back at work,” wrote Hammam on Instagram following the event. “What a beautiful show,” she added, thanking Silvia Venturini Fendi.

Next up on Hammam’s jam-packed schedule was Alberta Ferretti’s Spring 2021 showcase that was staged in the open air in a Milan courtyard. The Amsterdam-based model opened the show wearing a belted, taupe skirt and a floral-printed top accessorized with a boho seashell necklace and suede sandals.

For her second look, Hammam stunned in a black mini-dress with a sheer skirt. 


Yesterday Opening @albertaferretti what a show!!!! Thank you @aleksworo

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“Yesterday opening @albertaferretti. What a show!” the model wrote on Instagram, alongside runway snaps of her looks.

Hammam’s Milan Fashion Week closed out with a bang on Friday with Donatella Versace’s under-the-sea inspired Spring 2021 runway show.

The model, who was born to a Moroccan mother and an Egyptian father, joined fellow supermodels and Versace regulars, including Irina Shayk, Adut Akech, Joan Smalls and Vittoria Ceretti, to shut down the audience-less runway in an event that was live-streamed to the rest of the world.

The catwalk star turned heads in not one but two looks. For her first runway turn, Hammam donned a colorful, striped blazer-and-shorts co-ord. She then changed into a bombshell minidress with a crystal-encrusted bodice that took the form of a shell. 

With her dewy skin and trademark curls damp, Hammam resembled a real-life mermaid. 

As Milan Fashion Week came to a close on Sunday, we now turn our sights to Paris Fashion Week, where Hammam will no doubt continue to dominate the runways.