Yousra - Egypt Today.
CAIRO – 1 September 2018: In honor of her rich artistic history, one of El Gouna city streets was named after the Egyptian superstar Yousra.
Yousra is a superstar Egyptian actress, singer, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and internationally acclaimed artistic icon. She is one of the most prominent actresses not only in Egypt but in the region as well.
She was born in March 10, 1951 as Sevin Hafez Nesim. In 1980 she performed in her first film “Athkiya' Laken Aghbiya” (Smart yet Stupid). After she performed in numerous movies such as “Kasr Fi El Hawaa” (Castle In the Air), “Fatah Tabhath Ann Alhob” (A Girl Looking for Love) , “Alf Bossa Wa Bossa” (A Thousand and One Kisses) , “Ebtessama Waheda Takfi” (One Smile is Enough) among others.
Yousra formed a successful duo with the superstar Adel Emam the matter that resulted in a number of successful films that enriched the Egyptian cinema such as “Shabab Yarkoss Fawk Alnar” (Youth Dancing on Fire) , “Al Ensan Yaeesh Mara Waheda” (Man Only Lives Once) , “Ala Bab Al Wazeer” (At the Door of the Minister) , “Al Avocato” (The Lawyer) , “Al Ins Wa Algen” ( The Human and the Goblin) , “Karakoun Fi El Shareih” ( A Police Station in the Street), “Al Mansi” (The Forgotten), “Al Irhab Wal Kaba” (Terrorism and Kebab), “Toyour Al Zalam” (Birds of Darkness), “Bobos” among others.
Yousra was included by Arabian Business among “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women” and by “The Middle East” among the 50 Most Influential Arabs.
In 2015, she was awarded the Achievement in Cinema award at the Arab Women of the Year ceremony in London.
Throughout her artistic career yousra was granted more than 60 local, regional and international awards, most prominently being honored at the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.
Yousra cooperation with the internationally acclaimed director Youssef Chahine has influenced much her career.
Among her important movies with Chahine are “Hadduta Masreya” ( An Egyptian Tale),” Iskendereya Kaman we Kaman” ( Alexandria More and More) “Al Mohager “ ( The Immigrant) among others.
After a career spanning 85 films and 20 television series, Yousra started to dedicate some of her efforts to social issues, particularly human trafficking. She engages in humanitarian and advocacy work for women and children.
Yousra participated in the World Economic Forum’s sessions in Switzerland, Jordan and Egypt because of her humanitarian work. She is currently a Goodwill Ambassador for many United Nations institutions, including the United Nations Development Programme, UNAIDS and the joint United Nations program on HIV/AIDS.
She was the honorary president of Cairo International Film festival in 2017.