Sabah, best known to her fans by the diminutives Sabbouha or Al Shahroura (singing bird), marked both the song and film industries in the Arab world for over half a century. Arab audience will learn more on her personal and artistic journey through the “Shahroura” series that is intended to be broadcast during the holy month of Ramadan. The series, written by Fida El Shandaweeli and directed by Ahmed Shafik is filmed in Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and a few European countries.
Although “Al Shahroura” is different from other biographical series, since Sabah is still alive and has read the script, the team faced judicial problems from influential figures who were portrayed in the series.
“Al Shahroura” sheds light on the life of Sabah, the person, and her relationship with her children, especially Howayda, who refused to have her character represented in the series, according to Nadine Njeim, the actress portraying her.
There is no doubt that both Sabah’s character and life story are interesting material for any work of art, but the audience will be the better judge upon watching the new series. If it proves to be a success, perhaps many contemporary artists will be encouraged in having on-screen adaptations of their biographies.
Original report: Samar Bashat
Adaptation: Sarah Sfeir
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Nadine Njiem - Actress
Bassem Moughniyeh - Actor
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