Hend Sabry to Become First Arab Woman to Judge at Venice Film Festival

Tunisian actress Hend Sabry will join the jury panel of the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film at the 76th Venice Film Festival, which is due to take place in Rome from August 28 to September 7.

This makes the award-winning actress the first female Arab filmmaker fill this post at the Venice Film Festival, the world’s oldest film festival.

“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,” stated Sabry on her official Instagram account.

This is not the first time for Sabry to be seated on an international festival’s jury panel, as in 2015, she was a jury member at the Dubai International Film Festival and became the first Arab actress to join the Rotterdam Film Festival jury panel in 2016.


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