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Yousra to Be Honored at Beirut International Women Film Festival

Fri 22 Mar 2024 | 12:38 PM
Yara Sameh

Veteran Egyptian actress Yousra will be honored two-fold at the 7th edition of the Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF).

The acclaimed actress will be feted for her artistic achievements and her long career in the world of cinema and art.

She will also be the guest of honor at the festival's opening ceremony which will be held at the Casino du Liban in Lebanon.

The festival, founded in March 2017, runs from April 14-19 and is held under the theme “Women for Leadership” highlighting the role of women as leaders in their societies.

As the theme reflects, BWFF's mission is to act as disciples of the seventh art, by seeking the true change via calling to take action, to make a stand, to insist on equal rights and responsibilities in the film craft, and in any other aspect in society.Yousra

BWFF's mission takes inspiration from the Beirut Film Society mission statement, which believes in providing equal opportunities for Lebanese and foreign Women filmmakers. 

Hence, the festival was born with clear objectives: to educate future generations of filmmakers on such an issue, to shed light on successful stories of women in cinema, to empower them, to set back certain equilibrium in the way they are portrayed, and to remove the silhouette that was forced to be put on them.” 

BWFF  accepts both Lebanese and international films, feature and short films in all categories: Fiction, Documentary, Animation & Experimental, and Dance films.

The festival received for its latest edition more than 1200 submissions from more than 100 countries, and applicants varied between fresh startup filmmakers and independent professional women filmmakers.


Yousra, born on March 10, 1955, is an actress, a singer, a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The iconic cinematic legend is one of the most recognizable names in the region and has been gracing the silver screen for more than 50 years.

Since the 1970s, Yousra has starred in some of the most important films in the history of Egyptian cinema, appearing in over 100 films.

Her roles in films and TV series continue to influence and inspire generations to this day.