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Watch… Hend Sabry looks dashing in Ramadan spirit

Thursday 14/June/2018 - 03:12 PM
Hend Sabry
Hend Sabry
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Well-known actress، Hend Sabry posted new pictures of herself on her social media accounts appearing in Ramadan spirit.

Hend appeared dazzling in a lavender Moroccan kaftan dress، with a simple make-up and hairstyle، which gained the admiration of her fans across the social network.

Sabry’s latest artistic work is Ramadan 2017’s TV series “Halawet El Donia”، which was considered to be one of the top series aired during the holy month.

Halawet El Donia series co-starring Hend Sabry، Dhaffer L'Abidine، Hanan Motawie Anouchka، Hany Adel، Ragaa El Geddawy and others.

The series revolves around a young girl who is planning her wedding when she learns she has cancer. Her life turns upside down، from a joyous bride to a sick young woman who endures the painful experience of fighting the disease.

Noteworthy، Hend Sabry had her acting debut at the age of fourteen in the Tunisian production Silence of the Palaces (Samt al Qosoor) by director Moufida Tlatli in 1994، the movie that was listed after 19 years from its release in Dubai International Film Festival's 100 Most Important Arab Films list، according to Hend Sabry official website.

Following this، Hend starred in several Tunisian productions until she drew the attention of director Inas Al Degheidy who introduced her to the Egyptian cinema through A Teenager's Diary (Muzakirat Murahiqua) in 2002. Her role in the film gave her immediate stardom across the Arab world and in a short span of time she became one of the most prominent Tunisian actresses in Egypt and the Arab world.

Hend played remarkable roles in a number of Egyptian films، most significant of which are: A Citizen، a Detective، and a Thief (Mowaten we Mokhber we Haramy) 2002، Downtown Girls (Banat West El Balad) 2005 and Ibrahim El Abyad (2009). In 2006، she participated in The Yacoubian Building (Oumaret Yacoubian) co-starring with an extensive number of Egypt's major super stars. Hend's most recently she established her production house Salam PROD through which she co-produced Zahret Halab (The Flower of Aleppo) that is shot between Lebanon and Tunisia. She also starred in the film.

Hend Sabry’s latest cinematic works is the historical film Al Kinz (The Treasure) by director Sherif Arafa that is scheduled to release in 2017. She also took part in the short Jordanian-German film The Parrot، one of the film projects funded by the Royal Film Commission-Jordan and German Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation. Sabry donated her entire payment for the support of Syrian refugees in the Arab region.

Hend received more than 25 awards in appreciation of her achievements as an actress including five awards for her astounding embodiment of an HIV positive woman who suffers because of her affliction from her society in Asmaa (2011). She also won awards on her roles in films such as Arayes Al Teen (Clay Dolls)، Ahla El Awkat (Best of Times)، Banat West El Balad (Downtown Girls)، the short Sabah elFol (Rise and Shine)، Genenit El Asmak (The Aquarium)، The Island2 (El Gezira2)، and the TV comedy Ayiza Atgawez (I Want to Get Married)، which tackles the problem of spinsterhood in the Egyptian society، in a comedic atmosphere. The Advisory Committee of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) decided to award Hend Sabry the Faten Hamama Award for Excellence at the opening ceremony of the 2017 edition. This award is given according to the initiative of the family of late star Faten Hamama for the stars who have contributed to the advancement of cinema.

In Ramadan 2017، the Tunisian star Hend Sabry won the hearts of the Arab audiences through her astounding performance in Halawat Al Dounia of a woman who is diagnosed with cancer shortly before her wedding، embarking on a journey to reshape her life where she unexpectedly falls in love. Since its premiere، Halawet Al Dounia received wide acclaim، especially between Cancer patients that was exemplified in the appearance of hashtags of Hend Sabry and Halawat Al Dounia amongst the top trending hashtags on Twitter; as the series ranked the third and Sabry ranked the seventh on the list.

Sabry has under her belt several TV series that have enjoyed great success such as; the TV drama hit Embratoryat Meen? That was well-received during its premiere in Ramadan 2014. The social comedy traces the social and moral changes within the Egyptian community after the January 25 Revolution in 2011. Previously، she presented the TV smash hit Vertigo، which premiered in Ramadan 2012.

Hend has been previously part of many juries and held several honorary positions in local and international film festivals.

Hend was previously part of many juries and held several administrative and honorary positions in film festivals. Most recently، she became the first Arab artist to join the Official Competition’s Jury at the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands. In 2015، Sabry joined the jury for the IWC Filmmaker Award at Dubai International Film Festival. Earlier in the same year، the International Arab Film Festival in Gabès selected the Tunisian actress as the Honorary President of the festival. In 2012، Sabry took part in the 2nd TROPFEST Arabia، the world's largest short film festival، as the festival's co-director. In the same year، the renowned actress headed the Feature Narrative Jury at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. Most recently in 2016، Sabry rejoined the International Arab Film Festival in Gabès as its Honorary President and was selected as the Arab world brand ambassador for the Swiss luxury watches manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen. Hend is also the first woman from the Maghreb region to be the face of the Garnier brand in the Arab world.

Tunisian actress Hend Sabry has been active in social and humanitarian work. Since 2009، she has been working closely with the UN World Food Programme to raise awareness about hunger in the region. In 2010، Sabry had officially become a WFP Regional Ambassador against Hunger. In 2015، she delivered an inspirational speech about her mother at TEDx Cairo Women، which was held at the American University in Cairo.

Hend is also one of the most prominent four women who have contributed in the Facebook campaign inspired by the Arab spring titled "The Uprising of Women in the Arab World" which promotes gender equality in accordance with the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights and calls for freedom، independence and security for Arab women. Sabry has been active as part of several campaigns، such as the anti-terrorism campaign، the tourism campaigns in Egypt and Tunisia، in addition to raising funds for the establishment of the first cancer hospital in upper Egypt.

Honoring her humanitarian efforts and artistic achievements، Tunisian actress Hend Sabry was included in the CEO Middle East magazine's List of the World's Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in 2013. The list included a number of prominent Arab women who have many achievements in different fields، such as politics، culture and social development. France's Ministry of Culture also granted her the honorary title of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in 2014. The currently Cairo-based actress has obtained a license in Law at the Faculty of Law of Tunis in 2001. Later in 2004، she completed her masters in Law Intellectual Property and Copyright.

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