Showing posts with label Nadine Labaki. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nadine Labaki. Show all posts

Saturday, January 5, 2019

ِA Day in San Francisco with Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzanar

Dr. Ramzi Salti (middle) with Khaled Mouzanar (left) and Nadine Labaki (right)

December 2018 was a month to remember because I finally got to meet and interview two amazing Lebanese artists whom I have long admired:  Lebanese Director Naine Labaki and her husband Composer/Producer Khaled Mouzanar.  The couple was in San Francisco to promote Labaki's new film Capernaum.

Here are some pictures and short video clips from that day--including some that were taken at an exclusive screening of Capernaum by the AFMI which overseas the Arab Film Festival.  Here I must thank Serge Bakalian and Sony Picture Classics for making this interview possible.  Shukran also to Ahmad Anka for taking the pics + videos.

Pics from my interview with Nadine Labaki in San Francisco:
Listen to the interview at

Pics from my interview with Khaled Mouzanar in San Francisco:

Short video message by Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzannar (in Arabic) for my Stanford students + Arabology radio show listeners 
Watch below or at

Pics from AFMI private screening of Capernaum in San Francisco featuring the film's star, child actor Zain Al Rafeea:

Pics from Q&A session following film screening:
AFMI's Serge Bakalian (right) with the Lebanese trio

Video clip from Discussion following film screening:
Watch below or at

Film trailer for Capernaum, currently playing in US theaters:

Two scenes from Capernaum

For more info about the Oscar nominated film Capernaum see

Monday, December 10, 2018

Ramzi Salti Interviews Director Nadine Labaki + Khaled Mouzanar

I am proud to share my radio interviews with (1) Lebanese Director Nadine Labaki and (2) Producer/Musical Composer Khaled Mouzanar who composed the Capernaum كفر ناحوم soundtrack as well as the score for Labaki's previous films Caramel and Where Do We Go Now?

At the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, November 2018

This interview was recorded in San Francisco on November 18, 2018 while Labaki and Mouzanar--who are married in real life--were promoting the film for Sony Pictures Classics. The film is set for its U.S. theatrical release on on December 14, 2018.

My interview with Nadine Labaki:

My interview with Khaled Mouzanar at

This film has just been nominated for a Golden Globe award and has been selected as a candidate for the 2019 Oscar race. It also won the Prix du Jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival as well as "Best Foreign Language Film" at the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards.


For more info about the film, see

To watch the movie trailer, see

Short video of Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouanar greeting Stanford students + Arabology listeners in Arabic:

With thanks to Sony Pictures Classics, The Arab Film Festival and The Arab Film and Media Institute.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Lebanese Film "Stray Bullet" رصاصة طائشة Stars Nadine Labaki

An Abbout Prods. production. Produced by Georges Schoucair. Directed, written by Georges Hachem.

With: Nadine Labaki, Takla Chammoun, Hind Taher, Badih Bou Chacra, Rodrigue Sleiman, Patricia Nammour, Nazih Youssef, Pauline Haddad, Nasri Sayegh, Joelle Hanna, Lamia Merhi, Mireille Badran, Celine Tannous, Leila Issac, Rajaa Ghannam, Antoine Khadra, Inaam Germanos.

End of summer 1976, Northern suburb of Beirut. Noha is getting married.
Her family is relieved for she's taking her last chance before she becomes an old maid like her elder sister.
Everything is going for the best. Still, on that Sunday, fifteen days before the wedding, Noha changes her mind.

Director Georges Hachem Interview - Stray Bullet


Where do we go now?

Where do we go now?

Where Do We Go Now? the second long feature film by Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki, the 2011 Lebanese film
Stray Bullet

Stray Bullet

Stray Bullet
Stray Bullet (رصاصة طايشة), the first long feature film by Lebanese director Georges Hachem, is a 2010 Lebanese film



Caramel (Arabic:سكر بنات Sukkar banat), the 2007 Lebanese film, the first feature film by the lebanese director Nadine Labaki


Bosta (English: The Autobus Arabic: Bosta - بوسطة), the 2005 Lebanese film by the director Philippe Aracti

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Scenes from Nadine Labaki's New Film "Where Do We Go Now?" وهلأ لوين

Here are three scenes from Lebanese Director Nadine Labaki's new film "Where Do We Go Now?"  وهلأ لوين followed by 2 trailers and a song from the film titled Hashishet Albi حشيشة قلبي

This film has just won the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and is also Lebanon’s submission into the foreign language Oscar race.

Nadine Labaki: The Rising Star of Lebanese Cinema

The Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki, winner of the People's Choice Award at this year's Toronto film festival, says that success comes with a sense of responsibility.

Nadine Labaki (Photo:Reuters)

Flush with the triumph of her latest film at the Toronto International Film Festival, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki is the toast of the town as she sits in a Beirut cafe giving interview after interview.

The movie "Where Do We Go Now?", about a group of women determined to prevent the men in their village from getting involved in a religious war, won best picture at the festival's People's Choice Award, seen as a bellwether for Oscar success.

Previous winners of the award including "The King's Speech" and "Slumdog Millionaire" went on to win Oscars at the Academy Awards, and should Labaki's film follow in their footsteps it would be a first for Lebanon.

"With success comes a sense of responsibility as you take on the role of spokesperson for your country," said the 37-year-old, clearly still overwhelmed by her film's achievement.

"When I am told 'you make us proud' or 'you are the pride of our country' I get teary-eyed," she added. "At the same time, I don't want to disappoint, and I certainly don't want to misrepresent the reality in my country."

Her first feature film "Caramel," about the lives of five Lebanese women working in a Beirut beauty salon, also won critical acclaim in 2007 and thrust Labaki, who stars in both her movies, into the international limelight.

She wrote the script of "Where Do We Go Now?" in 2008 while pregnant with her first child and as Lebanon stood on the brink of sectarian warfare. "In a matter of hours, people who had lived next to each other for years became enemies," she said, referring to the conflict in May 2008 that pitted mainly Sunnis against Shiites in Beirut.

Born on the eve of Lebanon's 15-year civil war (1975-1990), Labaki says she quickly became interested in film to escape boredom. "I lived between four walls as a little girl, with my days consisting of running down to the shelter," she recalled. "So television offered an escape from all this."

After earning a degree in media at Beirut's Saint Joseph University she began producing music videos, including for such stars as Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram, and got her first major breakthrough with "Caramel."

"I learned the trade in Lebanon on my own, where there are no famous directors to speak of, no reference," Labaki said. "I don't know if I'm good at what I do but the fact that my movies were well received at the Cannes Film Festival and in Toronto gives me reassurance."

Labaki baulks at critics who say that her movies are tailored for Western audiences, given her portrayal of Arab women as daring and set in a burlesque environment that mocks Lebanese society.

"I don't follow recipes, I just follow my instinct," she said, also brushing aside criticism that her message is too direct or even naive.

"I want my movies to be direct," she insisted. "I am sick of seeing women in mourning in my country, women who see their children die, stuffed into the boot of a car or killed in a bus bomb."

She said movie-making has become a sort of therapy for her, and she is keen on continuing to examine themes common to the region where she lives. "I want to explore the fear of the 'other' and show this constant search for a better world," she said.

Ramzi Salti's Talk: Healing through Lebanese Music (EPIC Fellows, Stanford Global Studies, September 2020)

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