By Mira Maged
America Abroad Media (AAM) honored Egypt’s acclaimed star Yousra at its seventh edition during its annual dinner that took place in Washington, DC, celebrating the star’s artistic contributions that have presented Americans with remarkable representations of Egyptian history, according to the press release.
The statement applauded Yousra’s significant role in lifting taboos in Egyptian society and generating fruitful social dialogue. The award celebrates Yousra’s entire career.
“Yousra is an icon in the Middle East and a true inspiration to her millions of fans, both through her brilliant work as an actress on screen and her devotion to her society and a better world,” said Aaron Lobel, founder and president of America Abroad Media. “AAM is proud to honor the incomparable Yousra at our 7th Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C,” he added.
Upon receiving the prestigious award, Youssra expressed her pride and appreciation for the opportunity to represent her country through global recognition.
John Malkovich and Variety film critic Jay Weissberg commented warmly on Yousra’s win in a press release. They spoke of their personal experiences with Yousra as a star and a great friend as well. They asserted that Yousra is a respectable icon for women’s empowerment in the Middle east.
Many top Hollywood stars congratulated Yousra on her award, including Harvey Keitel. He commented: “In your award is my reward, because I have this opportunity to tell you, ever since that night I first met you in Cairo, how lovely and strong an impression you made on us.”
Numerous Egyptian celebrities sent warm greetings to Yousra via social media, including businessmen Naguib and Samih Sawiris and Egyptian actress Shereen Reda among others.
Yousra is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador who was featured in Arabian Business’ “World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women” and “50 Most Influential Arabs” list, according to her profile on the AUC website.
Among more than 60 global and local awards, the Egyptian icon was granted the cinema award at the Arab Women of the Year ceremony in London.
She has participated in numerous prestigious film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.
Having starred in more than 80 films, Yousra is perhaps best known for her roles in “Al-Ens wa al-Jen” (The Human and the Djinn; 1985) , “Karakon fe al-Sharea” (A Police Station in the Street; 1986), “Al-Mansy” (The Forgotten; 1996), “Al-Irhab Wal Kabab” (Terrorism and Kebab; 1992), “Toyour al-Zalam” (Birds of Darkness; 1995) and more.
She further bolstered her career through collaborations with late prominent Egyptian director Youssef Chahine in films such as “Hadduta Masreya” (Egyptian Story; 1982), “Iskendereya Kaman we Kaman” (Alexandria Again and Forever; 1989) and “Al-Mohager” (The Emigrant; 1994).
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