Hend Sabry begins shooting new series ‘Ayza Atalaa’

Tunisian-Egyptian actress Hend Sabry is entering the world of video-on-demand with her new series “Ayza Atalaa” (I want to get a divorce), a counterpart to her 2010 show “Ayza Atgawez” (I want to get married).

Ayza Atgawez told the story of a young pharmacist (Sabry) from a middle class family who hopes to get married before turning 30.

Director Hadi al-Bagoury was selected as the newest show’s director, with shooting to begin next week and contracts for the rest of the cast to be negotiated.

Bagoury is currently inspecting filming locations in preparation for shooting.

The series advocates for Arab women’s issues, the privately-owned Youm7 newspaper reported on Monday, and will begin airing in April on video-on-demand platforms.

The actress launched her acting career in 1994 with the Tunisian film “Samt al-Qosour” (The Silence of The Palaces) while her second Tunisian movie came with “The Season of Men” (2000), according to The National.

Thriving in Egyptian cinema, Sabry starred in “Mozakrat Morahka” (The Diaries of a Teenager) alongside Egyptian actor Ahmed Ezz, directed by Inas al-Digheidy. Across her various roles in films such as “The Yacoubian building” (2006) and “Banat wist al-Balad” (2005), Sabry shone light on the pressures and issues that Arab women face, with one acclaimed example being her role in “Asmaa” (2011).

Sabry has earned several prestigious awards, such as the “Best Arabian Cinema Actor” award in 2012 in Murex D’or, the “Faten Hamama Excellence Award” from the 2017 Cairo International Film Festival, amongst others.

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