Supporting Through It Young Filmmakers
Hend Sabry Returns to the Dubai International Film Festival to Compete with The Parrot
Tunisian actress Hend Sabry makes her comeback to the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) (December 7-14, 2016) with her lead role in the short Jordanian-German film The Parrot by directors Amjad Al-Rasheed and Darin Sallam that will compete in the Muhr Short Competition.
Sabry's participation in the film comes as part of her tangible efforts in supporting young filmmakers. Coming from her sense of compassion, she has also revealed that her proceeds will be donated to the Syrian refugees in the Arab region.
The Parrot marks Sabry's third participation in the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), after
Ahla El Awkat (Best of Times) (2004) and Sabah el Fol (Rise and Shine) (2006). Moreover, Sabry has joined the Jury for IWC Filmmaker Award at the 12th DIFF.
Sabry has recently co-produced the new film Flower of Aleppo through her production house Salam PROD marking her first cinematic production. The film was chosen to open the 27th Carthage Film Festival, and it has also been selected by Tunisia as the country's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.
The Parrot is one of the film projects funded by the Royal Film Commission-Jordan and German Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation, which funds the best German-Arab film projects. The film had won the Best Short Film award earlier this year.
The film tells the story of a Mizrahi Jewish family, who emigrate from Morocco, trying to settle into their new life in Haifa, Palestine in 1948.
The Parrot is the 4th short film starring Sabry; previously she collaborated with young directors in their shorts, namely; Sherif El Bendary's Rise and Shine, which screened in 75 festivals across more than 33 countries, the award-winning short Day and Night by Islam Azzazi, took part in a large number of festivals and the Tunisian film One Evening in July by RajaaAmari.