x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Film festival to honour Sabah's lifetime of work

The Lebanese actress and singer will be honoured with the Dubai International Film Festival¿s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Lebanese actress and singer Jeannette Gergi Feghali, better known as Sabah, will be honoured with the Dubai International Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's event in December.

The star of nearly 100 Lebanese and Egyptian movies launched her career nearly 65 years ago. She has also released 50 music albums and performed in about 20 stage plays.

"Sabah is a symbol of Arab optimism, and her charisma, talent and staying power brought hope and good humour to many during difficult times," Abdulhamid Juma, the chairman of DIFF, said in a press release.

Her most popular films include How Can I Forget You? (1956), The Street of Love (1959), Al Layaly al Dafiaa (1962) and Layla Baka Fiha el Kamar (1980). She has shared the screen with stars including Abdul-halim Hafiz, Fareed al Atrash and Emad Hamdy.

She also recently appeared in the televised talent show Star Academy Arab World.

"DIFF has boosted my confidence, especially for an artist of my age to be honoured at such a prestigious festival," she said.

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