Yasmine Al Masri

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Yasmine Al Masri is an International actress, dancer and video artist.

Early life and education[edit]

Yasmine Al Masri was born to a Palestinian father and Egyptian mother. She moved to Paris to live and study, and in 2007 graduated from École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts[1] in multimedia and performance.[citation needed]

In 2009 she trained in musical theatre under Peter Knopp at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London.[citation needed] Later she held an educational workshop on performance, identity and dance, called 'Feel, Think... React', at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.[citation needed]


Masri's interdisciplinary artistic career began in 2000 when she joined the Souraya Baghdadi dance company in Paris,[1] in which she developed her dance style through an exploration of flamenco, salsa, Arabic, African and world folk dance forms.[citation needed]

She performed in the videos In Between, Boum...Tac (2006) and Le Patient et le Client[1] that were screened at the Georges Pompidou Centre, Festival La Rochelle and Côté court Film Festival[further explanation needed] in France, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece, and Née a Beyrouth,[further explanation needed] Lebanon.[citation needed]

Her big screen debut was in the role of "Nisrine" in the Lebanese movie Caramel, directed by Nadine Labaki. The film was presented at, and "shocked", the 2007 Cannes Film Festival,[2] For Caramel she received the Best Actress Award at the 2007 Abu Dhabi Film Festival,[citation needed] and the same year a Best Actress nomination at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.[citation needed] Following Caramel she was cast as "Yasmine" in the 2007 Oscar-nominated[citation needed] French short Manon sur le Bitume, written and directed by Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont.[1]

In 2008 Masri played "Mina" in Ayrouwen, directed by Ibrahim Tsaki, for which she learnt the language of the Tuareg people.[citation needed] The same year Palestinian director Najwa al Najjar offered her the role of "Kamar" in Pomegranates and Myrrh, starring Ali Suliman, which received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival – for her performance she won the Best Actress Award in the 2010 Muscat International Film Festival.[citation needed] Following this she was cast as "Nadia" in the 2010 film Miral, an adaption of Rula Jebreal's autobiography, directed by Julian Schnabel and starring Hiam Abbass, Asma Al Shiukhy, and Willem Dafoe.[1]

Her most recent work was as the main protagonist's ex-wife in The Last Friday, written and directed by Yahya Alabdallah and starring Ali Suliman.[3] The movie opened at the 2011 Dubai International Film Festival.[citation needed]


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