If we were Nadine Labaki we’d be on quite a high right now. The Lebanese director’s latest film, Capharnaumhas been nominated for a Golden Globe, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAS) award and an Academy Award. This makes Nadine the first Arab female filmmaker to have been nominated for an Oscar.
Let’s be clear. Nadine has already made history. But if she wins the Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category by beating Roma by Alfonso Cuaron, which is a popular choice by many, she’ll be exposed to a whole new audience in a larger scale in the West.
For those of you who know, Capernaum isn’t Nadine’s first foray into film making as a director. Nadine has been creating stories on the screen since the early 2000s which have since become groundbreaking films in the Arab world and also turning her into a household name.
Here’s Nadine Labaki’s backstory on her influences, art and how her perspective is helping to change the Arab narrative.