Hend Sabri’s Banat Olfa Receives Best Documentary Feature Award From Gotham Independent Film Awards 2023



Wed, 29 Nov 2023 - 11:43 GMT


Wed, 29 Nov 2023 - 11:43 GMT

File: Hend Sabri in a scene from “Banat Olfa”.

File: Hend Sabri in a scene from “Banat Olfa”.


Superstar Hend Sabri’s "Banat Olfa" received Best Documentary Feature Award from Gotham Independent Film Awards 2023.
Beside Sabri the film houses ensemble cast including Ishraq Matar, Nour Karoui, Tayssir Chikhaoui, Eya Chikahoui, Majd Mastoura and Olfa Hamrouni.
Banat Olfa ( Four Daughters) revolves around a mother who is trying to deal with the radicalization of her daughters.
The film, which is a mixture between documentary and fiction and between being on-screen and off-screen, was praised by a number of  international critics.
Tunisian Director Kaouther Ben Hania's semi-documentary "Banat Olfa"  has received a warm welcome during its premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival.
Sabri announced her resignation from her post of United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) goodwill ambassador.
She stated that she plans to continue humanitarian work but in other and different formats.
Sabri then mentioned the reason for stepping down from her role as goodwill ambassador which is the ongoing hunger in Gaza.
Sabry is a one of a kind artist by all means. 


Born in 1979 in Kebli, Tunisia, Sabry studied law and completed a master’s degree in intellectual property and copyright law in 2004, but by then, she had already been acting for about a decade.


She started her acting career in 1994 with the Tunisian film "Samt El Qosour" (The Silence of the Palaces) and starred in "The Season of Men" in 2000.Both movies were directed by Moufida Tlatli.


She was then introduced to the Egyptian cinema by Inas el-Deghedy in 2001 with the film "Mozakerat Morahka" (The Diary of a Teenager), co-starring alongside Ahmed Ezz.

Over the years, Sabry has worked on movies and dramas tackling the difficulties facing people, especially women, and she serves as the World Food Program’s regional ambassador.


The star has received numerous awards for her cinematic career, artistic achievements and her role in tackling key social issues, including an award by the America Abroad Media organization in Washington.


Sabry got married in 2008 and has been blessed with two daughters, Alia and Laila. Her fans know her as a down-to-earth actress who emits strength, intellect, positivity and character.


Her versatile performance skills have garnered her huge pan-Arab following in a short period of time. Sabry participated in two successful movies this year, "El-Mamar" (The Passage) and ‘’El-Feel-el-Azra’a part 2".



She is the youngest actress to walk away with the Faten Hamama award, being named the most influential Arab actress by Forbes Middle East.


Sabry won the Best actress Award at Carthage Film Festival for her in "Helm Noura" (Noura's Dream). 


Sabry also won El Gouna Star for the Best Actress from the third edition of El Gouna Film Festival for her role in "Noura's Dream". 


The film participated in San Sebastian International Film Festival, after having its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Exploration Section. 


The movie tells the story of Noura, a wife and mother who decides to run away after meeting the love of her life, Lassaad, while her husband, Sofiane, is in prison. Sabry described the movie as "a great adventure."


Sabry previously expressed her pride to be chosen as a jury member of the debut work competition at the 76th edition of Venice Film Festival. 


Sabry was the first female Arab filmmaker to fill this post. It is worth mentioning that Venice Film Festival is the world’s oldest film festival. 


"I am proud to be one of the jury members of Venice Film Festival and I feel more proud that veteran directors Emir Kusurica and Antoinette Lio will be the jury presidents. 


I am happy this participation coincides with the screening of my movie 'El-Feel-el Azra’a(The Blue Elephant) Part 2' which achieved huge success in all the Arab countries. 



I wish to be a good Arab ambassador in the oldest festival in the world and one of the three most important festivals in the world," stated Sabry previously on her official Instagram account. 




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