Hend Sabry to judge at the Venice Film Festival

Published: 30 July 2019 - 6:33 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

Hend Sabry is set to make history as she will be the first Arab woman on the judging panel at the Venice Film Festival.

The Egyptiam-Tunisian actress announced it on her Instagram account.

She said: “I am proud to be one of the jury members of Venice Film Festival and I also feel proud that veteran directors Emir Kusurica and Antoinette Liowill be the jury presidents. I also am happy that this announcement coincides with the release of my movie 'El-Feel-el Azra’a (The Blue Elephant) Part 2 which achieved huge success across the Arab world. I hope to be a good ambassador for Arab art at the oldest festival in the world, and one of the three most important festivals in the world.”

Sabry will be a judge on the debut works section at the world’s oldest film festival, UAE local daily The National said.

She began her acting career in 1994 with the Tunisian film Samt El Qosour (The Silence of the Palaces), followed by another Moufida Tlatli film ‘The Season of Men’ six years later.

Her entry into Egyptian cinema came in 2001 when she starred in Mozakerat Morahka (The Diary of a Teenager), a film by Inas El-Degheidy.

Her acting work and philanthropy have earned the 39-year-old stay several awards and accolades.

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