Hend Sabry is the first Arab woman to join Venice Film Festival jury
Egyptian-Tunisian actress Hend Sabry is the first Arab woman to join the Venice Film Festival jury. Sabry will judge the debut movie category.
Venice Film Festival, is one of the world's most prestigious and it is also the world’s oldest film festival.
The 39-year-old actress started her career in 1994 with the Tunisian film “Samt al-Qosour” (The Silence of The Palaces) while her second Tunisian movie came with “The Season of Men” (2000).
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.”
According to IMDB, Hend's breakthrough role was through "Muzakirat Murahiqua" (A Teenager's Diary) that was considered the most controversial film in arab cinema in 2002.