Muna Wassef

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Muna Wassef منى واصف
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Born Muna Mustafa Wassef Jelmran
1942
Damascus city, Syria
Spouse(s) Muhammad Shahin
Children Ammar Abdulhamid

Muna Wassef (Mona Wassef, Mouna Wasef) (منى واصف) is a Syrian stage, film and television actress. She was born on 1942, as Muna Mustafa Wassef Jelmran. She is also a United Nations Goodwill ambassador.[1] Wassef is an icon in the Arab world and the Middle East. Wassef had become the highest-paid actress in the Arab World since the end of the 1970s until the year 2000; now she is one of the highest-paid actresses. Wassef is the first Syrian woman to receive the Syrian Order of Merit-Excellent Degree in 2009. [2] [3]

Background[edit]

Muna Wassef was born in 1942 in Damascus. Her parents were both Syrians. Her mother was Christian and her father was a Druze.[citation needed] When she was 15 she worked as a cotton candy (Ghazl Al Banat) seller in the streets of Damascus. By the age of 16, she worked as a women's clothes saleswoman for one of Syria's most famous fashion designers at that time, and when she turned 17 she was already working as a fashion model for the same designer, at the same time becoming a popular folk dancer in a group called Omaya. [4]

Education[edit]

Although Wassef did not finish high school, she educated herself and learned to present the majority of her works using the Standard Arabic Language by learning the masterpieces of world literature, educating herself on the Tajwid and Tartil of the Qur'an, and reciting poetry.

She traveled to East Germany in 1973 where she took acting courses in the Breacht theater. As part of her work with the Syrian Military Theater, she learned about symposia and dramatic art.

Early career[edit]

In 1960, Wassef submitted herself for a contest in which they chose actresses for the Military theater, which was part of the Syrian Ministry of Defense. She worked and learned there for about 2 years. In 1963 she married the Army General Muhammad Shahin, who was a film director as well. She worked in the symposium of Art and Thought which was sponsored by Dr. (Rafeq Al Sabagh) in presenting Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in 1963.

In 1964 she joined the Group for Dramatic Arts and starred in stage productions of the National Theater: productions such as Molière's Don Juan. This signaled the beginning of a very important stage in her career.[5]

Theater career[edit]

In theater, Muna Wassef, has starred in more than 25 plays by Arab and international playwrights. Her first play was Al Etr Al Akhdar wics. After that, she performed several plays in the Military Theatre inside the military units including:

  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Al Khajool Fe Al Kasr
  • Al Aamaqby (Makseem Agorky)
  • Donjuan
  • Mawta Bela Goubour
  • Tartouf.
  • Al Zeer Salem
  • Al Madnasa
  • Hekayat Hob
  • Al Masa Al Mutafaela
  • Oedipus
  • Al Mufatish Al Am
  • Haram Mali Al Wazeer

Film career[edit]

Muna Wassef (the second from right ) and the Cast of Al Resala ( the message) Film

In film, Wassef has done more than 30 films, including:

  • Another Face of Love (1973)
  • al-Yazirli (1974)
  • The Adventure (1974)
  • The Opposite Direction (1975)
  • The Message (1976)
  • The Red, The White and the Black (1976)
  • Heroes are Born Twice (1977)
  • Photo Relics (1979)
  • Fragments - UN RESTE D'IMAGES (1980)
  • Sun on a Hazy Day'' (1986)[6]
  • Something is Burning (1993)
  • The Sea (1994)
  • Al Sadeqan
  • Al Les Al Zareef
  • Maqlab Men Al Makseek
  • Emrah Taskn Whdaha
  • Zekra Laylit Hob
  • Al Ahmar Wa Al Abyad wa Al Aswad
  • Al Etejah al Moakes
  • Al Taleb
  • Al Bazerki
  • Baqaya Swar
  • Al Shams Fe Yawm Ghaem
  • Ah Ya Bahr
  • Shaya Ma Yahtareq
  • The Shadows of Silence (2007)
  • Menahi (2008)[7]

In 1974, Syrian-American film director Moustapha Akkad chose her to play the role of Hind in the Arabic version of his movie Al Risalah Mohammad, Messenger of God,which helped her achieve international recognition, with Anthony Quinn, and Irene Papas in the English version.

Television career[edit]

Muna Wassef attended the 2009 Doha Tribeca Film Festival

Every year Wassef stars in at least two or three TV series. She has done more than 200 series including:

  • Hejrat Al qoulob Ela Al qoulob
  • Ez Eddin Al Qassam
  • Asad Al Warraq
  • Al Zeer Salem
  • Dalila Wa Al zaibaq
  • Al Khansaa
  • Saray
  • Beomm Ayni
  • Zaman Al Hob
  • Arhal Wahidan
  • Asiy Al Dama
  • Hekayat Shahrazad Al Akhera
  • Aqba Ben Nafea
  • Al tareq
  • Jawaher
  • Layali Al Salhia
  • Bukra Ahla
  • The End of a Brave man
  • The Sun Rises Again (2004)
  • Salheaya Nights (2004)
  • Mothers (2005)
  • Hard Tears (2005)
  • Tomorrow will be Better (2005)
  • Speaking Border (2005)
  • Al-Zahir Baibars (2005)
  • The Best Days (2006)
  • Little Projects (2006)
  • People of love (2006)
  • A Yard (2006)
  • The story of love (2007)
  • The neighborhood's Gate (2007)
  • Seraa Ala El Remal - Wars on Sand (2008)
  • Alhoot- The Whale(2008)
  • The neighborhood's Gate 4 (2009)
  • Zaman Al3ar (2009)
  • Alweladah Min Alkhaserah
  • "Rejalek ya sham
  • Omar
  • Imam Alfuqaha
  • Tahoon Alshar
  • Alweladah Min Alkhaserah

Ramadan 2008[edit]

Muna stars in Seraa Ala El Remal Arbic صراع على الرمال or Wars on Sand. The television series also stars Syrian actors Taim Hasan, Sabah Mubarak, Hasan Awaytti and Basil Khayat and is directed by Hatem Ali and written by Hany El-Saady. The series is a major TV production. It was produced by Dubai Media Incorporated. It's estimated cost is over $6 million, So far it is the most expensive Arabic TV Production ever, and it was released in September 2008. The series, which is based on the vision and poetry of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is a beduin epic that takes place in the Persian Gulf beduin desert at the beginning of the 18th century.

Ramadan 2009[edit]

In Ramadan 2009 Muna Wassef takes over the Arab television. She stars in 4 huge productions. The main one is the most watched TV show in the Arab World ever, Bab Al Hara. She plays the role of a Christan woman who leads the female revolution in Damascus. The show is taking a new path, this season women are playing the main characters and Muna Wassef is playing the Main one.

Radio career[edit]

Muna Wassef presented some works in Radio as :

  • Demashq Ya Nasmat Hozn.
  • Rohy Hayati.
  • Jazerat Al Marah.
  • Muna and the short story program which was aired weekly.

In addition to so many poetic evenings and programs.

Personal life[edit]

Muna Wassef, and her late husband Film Director Muhammad Shahin,their son Ammar Abdulhamid and his wife Khawla.

Wassef was married to the late Syrian film Director Muhammad Shahin, and together they formed one of the Arab world's most popular celebrity couples. They have one son Ammar Abdulhamid, who lives in the United States, Washington, D.C., with his wife Khawla, daughter Oula (b. 1986) and son Mouhanad (1990).

Currently, Wassef divides her time between her artistic career and her interest in issues pertaining to the emancipation of women in the Arab world.

Awards[edit]

Muna Wassef and Ban Ki Moon

Among the many honors and awards that Wassef has received:

And many other awards received in Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

Muna is often invited to Arab countries every year, to lecture and attend festivals, seminars, and conferences including:

  • The Theater Festival in Syria.
  • The Sharja Theater Festival.
  • The Arab TV Festival in Bahrain.
  • Carthage Cinema Days the Tunisian film festival.

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