Designation: Actress and director
Occupation: Actress and director
Arguably the best known auteur in the Arab music video world, the 36-year-old Lebanese actress and director is often credited for bringing new artists onto the burgeoning Arab pop scene. Her 2007 breakout debut, Caramel, became an international sensation which showed the less-seen side of Beirut - a romantic comedy centered on five women who gather regularly at a beauty salon to discuss love, life and sex. The movie landed Labaki on Variety’s annual list of ten directors to watch. As a songwriter, her regular collaborations with pop star Nancy Arjam have helped Labaki push forward a more modern take on the current state of Arab womanhood.