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NIDAL AL ACHKAR A WOMAN OF THE THEATRE

Even though your parents were avant-gardists, how was theater considered by your family at that time?

I belong to a family were literature, culture and philosophy are key. It’s true that my father followed a political ideology he believed in, but we can’t deny that he was a writer, historian, and he strongly believed in women’s freedom. My father Asad al-Achkar is an open-minded person, not to compare with any man I met. I was lucky enough that my brothers and my husband-to-be, whom I married later on, were all that kind of Arab men, open to culture and philosophy.

Thus, when I told my father that I have chosen to be an actor and director, he didn’t hesitate. He only asked me why and I told him that I like TV, which was a magical box that enters each and everyone’s home. Therefore, I believed that through theater, TV and cinema, one can reach a different public,

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