CAIRO – 8 July 2021: The "Voice of America" website shed light on the organization of an exhibition in Paris dedicated to stars of Arab cinema and music from the golden age from the 1920s to the 1970s, when women became a strong symbol of feminism, independence and Arab identity.
Through film clips, music, posters and memorabilia, the exhibition "Diva" or "The Stars" in Paris traces the women's art scene in the Arab world. It features female singers such as the legendary Umm Kalthoum from Egypt and Fairouz from Lebanon, and actresses such as Soad Hosni and Hind Rostom, while highlighting the dancers, producers and directors, who embodied the times in which they lived in a way that gave a deeper meaning to art.
“Women in the Arab world fought to live their lives, and fought for more rights, and that was a battle that women fought – women for women,” said Elodie Bouvard, the exhibition’s co-curator at the Arab World Institute.
She added, "This show is just to say, at this time, this industry was very strong and it was an industry where women had their place."
The website indicated that the exhibition will run until September 26 at the Arab World Institute in Paris.