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Where do we go now? A discussion with Nadine Labaki about Lebanon... & more - Free Online Talk by I Have Learned Academy In Collaboration with the German Foundation: KAS - Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Lebanon office

Where Do We Go Now? (w halla2 la wen)

A discussion with famous movie director, actress screenwriter and activist: Nadine Labaki

moderated by Randa Farah - Founder of I Have Learned Academy & Lebtivity.com

In this talk we will discuss with Nadine, her work, her love for Lebanon, her perception of the future of Lebanon, women's rights, poverty, kids on the streets, the revolution, the Beirut Explosion, her role as an activist and her views about Lebanon and... where do we go now...

This session is part of the Free Online Series Program done by I Have Learned Academy in collaboration with KAS - Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung: "Innovation & Think Tank Sessions for a better Lebanon"

The session is an open discussion with Nadine Labaki, moderated by Randa Farah (Founder of I Have Learned Academy & Lebtivity.com)

Speaker's Bio

Nadine Labaki is a Lebanese actress, director and activist. Labaki first came into the spotlight as an actress in the early 2000s. Her film-making career began in 2007 after the release of her debut film, Caramel, which premiered at the Cannes 2007 Film Festival. She is known for demonstrating everyday aspects of Lebanese life and covering a range of political issues such as war, poverty, and feminism. She is the first female Arab director to be nominated for an Oscar in the category for Best Foreign Language Film.

After graduating in audiovisual studies from Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Nadine Labaki directed adverts and music  videos that frequently won awards. In 2004, she embarked on a Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation  Residency to write and develop Caramel, her first feature film, shot two years later and showcased at  the Directors' Fortnight in 2007. This joyous, rebellious ode to female camaraderie was distributed  worldwide and became the most successful Lebanese film export of all time. Nadine Labaki continued to  explore the female condition and religious tensions in Where Do We Go Now?, a bold, universal fable on  tolerance that premiered at Un Certain Regard in 2011 and won the People’s Choice Award at the  Toronto Film Festival .  

In 2008, she received the Insignia of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry  of Culture.  

In 2104 Nadine directed ‘Rio, I Love You’, one of the segments of the Cities of Love anthology film which  she directed, co-wrote and starred in, opposite Harvey Keitel. 

In 2018, Nadine Labaki was selected in the official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival with her powerful and moving Capernaum, a poignant manifesto on damaged childhood, refugees and the cracks in a society that turns its back on humanity, which sent shockwaves around the Croisette. Nadine Labaki won the Jury Prize of the Cannes Film Festival that year, chaired by Cate Blanchett, and  gave an unforgettable speech accompanied by young actor and Syrian refugee, Zain Al Rafeea.  Nominated for the Baftas, the Golden Globes, the French Césars and an Academy Award for Best  Foreign Film, Capernaum made its Lebanese director the first woman from the Arabic-speaking world to  be nominated in this category. 

In 2019, she was the president of  « Un Certain Regard » jury at Cannes Film Festival. Her latest short film, entitled: “Mayroun and the unicorn” created for “Homemade” serie, was co-directed with her husband, composer Khaled Mouzanar. It tells the story of her daughter Mayroun’s  imagination during confinement. 

As an actress, Nadine Labaki played in Fred Cavayé’s movie “Mea Culpa”, in Xavier Beauvois’ film “La  Rançon de la Gloire”, in “Stray bullet” of the Lebanese Director Georges Hachem, in “Rock the Casbah” of Laïla Marrakchi, in “1982” of Oualid Mouaness, in “Costa Brava” of Mounia Akl and in “Perfect  Strangers” of Wissam Smayra.

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This session is part of the Free Online Series Program done by I Have Learned Academy in collaboration with KAS: "Thoughts & Talks for a Better Lebanon"

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