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Arab stars have a good time girls at Crimson Sea Movie Competition and Self-importance Truthful’s Cannes gala

CANNES: Saudi Arabia’s Crimson Sea Worldwide Movie Competition and Self-importance Truthful on Thursday hosted a “girls’s tales gala after get together” through the Cannes Movie Competition to have a good time feminine expertise within the area. 

The star-studded occasion was attended by Leonardo DiCaprio, Katie Holmes, Maiwenn, The Weeknd, Gaspar Noe, Storm Reid, Tobey Maguire, Gurinder Chadha, Fan Bingbing, Freida Pinto, Simone Marchetti, Eva Herzigova, Naomi Campbell and extra. 

Naomi Campbell on the gala. (Ammar Abd Rabbo/Arab Information)

The occasion, held on the famed Lodge du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, honored six stars from the area: Saudi actresses Mila Al-Zahrani and Fatima Al-Banawi, Lebanese actress Razane Jammal, Indian star Sarah Ali Khan, Egyptian-Montenegrin actress and mannequin Tara Emad and Nigerian filmmaker Jade Osiberu. 

In an interview with Arab Information, Emad stated: “I’m very happy with myself, of each girls right here that’s an honoree. I’m happy with our business, of Egypt (and) of the Arab world. I’m glad to have the ability to signify Egypt and the Arab phrase basically. 

“I’m completely happy to have the ability to see the illustration that I at all times sought to see as a younger lady,” she stated. “I hope that the six of us may be that illustration to all the ladies and all the ladies within the Arab area that search to see themselves within the highlight in any profession that they select.”

Khan believes it was a “privilege” to be a part of the occasion. “I feel if I needed to determine myself in three phrases it will most likely be: Indian, girl (and) actor. And I’m right here to have a good time all three at the moment,” she stated. 

To Al-Banawi, moments like these are now not a shock. 

“I reached to a degree the place I’m actually not shocked as a result of Saudi Arabia is attempting to show that we’re creating tales which might be inspiring, magical and that push for change and growth,” she stated. “I’m very completely happy that we’re right here in Cannes Movie Competition, celebrating one another and  celebrating with one another.

“I really feel just like the narrative we represented within the mild that was at all times on us was a really particular one and I don’t assume girls had been a part of it. I feel it was written by others,” she stated. “At this time, I’m celebrating girls which might be writing, which might be creating and difficult and honoring themselves and different fellow girls.

“I feel it takes a lot braveness to inform one story, not to mention if there was so many tales that had been shaping you in a particular discourse or a particular channel or a particular mild. It takes extra braveness to unleash, to unfold new prospects and new alternatives. I at all times remind myself to be OK with taking on house, with talking my opinion, with addressing what I really feel may very well be unsuitable or must be modified,” Al-Banawi stated. 

Jammal stated that she by no means differentiated between a person and a girl. 

“Possibly as a result of I lived in somewhat bubble as a result of I used to be raised by a person that empowered me and instructed me that there was no distinction between me and my brother. So possibly I by no means grew up feeling that being a girl is a problem. If something, I felt prefer it was a superpower,” she stated. 

However when she joined the workforce, she realized that ladies confronted challenges. 

“I’m studying now as I’m extra uncovered to a wider viewers, and relying on their reactions I can find out about them extra,” she stated. “As a girl, I’m actually completely happy to be representing an individual who chased her goals, who’s self-made, who’s impartial, and I’m simply attempting to do my finest and I’m simply actually completely happy that the very best is simply working for me proper now.”

Portugese mannequin Sara Sampaio, who additionally attended, stated that being a part of the ladies’s tales gala was “so particular.” 

“Girls are superb, and for the longest time we didn’t have tales instructed by our level of views. It’s crucial,” she stated. 

Mohammed Al-Turki, CEO of the Crimson Sea Movie Competition, instructed Arab Information: “We’re very completely happy to be celebrating girls. We’re very proud that we will share tales from our area. At this time, we’re highlighting six females from our area: two from Saudi — Mila Zahran and Fatima Al-Banawi — from Egypt Tara Emad, from Lebanon Razane Jammal, from Nigeria Jade and from India Sara Ali Khan.

“It’s fairly an attention-grabbing combine and for us to have the ability to showcase these skills to the world, to be in a room tonight with the likes of Katie Holmes and extra, is a giant unbelievable second for us,” he stated. 

“I feel the dream has come true. I by no means thought a Saudi co-production would open Cannes with a feminine director of Algerian descent,” he stated. “So it’s an indicator that we’re going. And if that is simply three years of Crimson Sea, I feel we must always simply fasten our seatbelt and go for a trip as a result of we’re going to see unbelievable issues transferring ahead.”

This 12 months, Cannes Movie Competition opened with the screening of Johnny Depp’s “Jeanne du Barry,” which was backed by the Crimson Sea Worldwide Movie Competition. 


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