100 smartest people in the UAE
Tue 26 Sep 2017 12:04 AM
Hind Shoufani

Designation: Poet and filmmaker

Country: Palestine/Lebanon

Country of residence: Lebanon

Many Arab women with the talent and education (including a Fulbright scholarship) of Hind Shoufani may opt to move abroad, but not this Palestinian. Shoufani refuses to take the easy road, deliberately choosing to remain in the region so she can help influence change. She does this through her frank and often confronting poetry and films. Determined, she distributed her first collection of poetry directly to bookstores.

Shoufani has appeared at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, and organised readings in Dubai as well as in Beirut, where she was born. In her writing, she looks at important issues of feminism and freedom for women in the Arab world. There is an edge to Shoufani that makes her attractive and honest, but perhaps not for everyone. She is smart enough to believe that what she offers is a different sensibility to traditional issues.