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Darine Hamze

(1981-07-05) July 5, 1981 (age 37)
Nationality Lebanese
Occupation Actress
Years active2007 – present

Darine Hamze (Arabic : دارين حمزة); is a Lebanese actress, director and producer. She is one of the well known professional actresses in the Arab world credited for taking on diverse, daring and complex roles in different languages and countries. She's the most famous serious cinema actress in her generation. Graduated from London’s top universities in Acting and majored an MA in Cinema. She has been working in film, television and theatre since 2001 in The Middle East and Europe. Darine won the Best Actress Award in Oran International Film Festival 2017 for her role in film Nuts. Darine speaks Arabic, French, English and Persian.

Lebanon Country in Western Asia

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Arab world Geographic and cultural region in Africa and the Middle East

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Arabic is a Central Semitic language that first emerged in Iron Age northwestern Arabia and is now the lingua franca of the Arab world. It is named after the Arabs, a term initially used to describe peoples living in the area bounded by Mesopotamia in the east and the Anti-Lebanon mountains in the west, in northwestern Arabia, and in the Sinai Peninsula. Arabic is classified as a macrolanguage comprising 30 modern varieties, including its standard form, Modern Standard Arabic, which is derived from Classical Arabic.



Darine Hamze was born on the 5th of July in the colorful 80s, as a second child to a Muslim family. He father was a flight engineer father and a painter mother, in Baalbeck, and raised in Souk El Gharb, Aley District, Lebanon. [1] She was sent to the United Kingdom (England), between the age of 8 and 13, to a British boarding school (ISC) in Bath, along with her two brothers.

Souk El Gharb City in Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon

Souk El Gharb, also spelled Suk, Sug al, ul, Suq), is a town located in the Aley District, Mount Lebanon Governorate, in Lebanon and its name translates to "Western Market".

Aley District District in Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon

Aley is a district (qadaa) in Mount Lebanon, Lebanon, to the south-east of the Lebanon's capital Beirut. The capital is Aley. Aley city was previously known as the "bride of the summers" during the 1960 and 1970s, when Aley and neighboring Bhamdoune were attractive tourist locations for Gulf tourists and Lebanese emigres.

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During her time in England, Darine discovered Shakespeare's theatre. Evidently her first appearance on a stage was during this young age in Bath participating in all school plays.

In 1998 Darine Hamze applied and was accepted to the Fine Arts Academy of the Lebanese University, Theatre Department. 2002 was the year of her graduation with a BA in Theatre Arts (acting/directing).

Lebanese University university

The Lebanese University is the only public institution for higher learning in Lebanon. In 1951, notable professors and educated personalities founded, under the support of the Lebanese President Bechara El Khoury, The High House of Teachers, a class of 68 students making the first class, ever, of the Lebanese University.

A Bachelor of Arts is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate course or program in either the liberal arts, sciences, or both. Bachelor of Arts programs generally take three to four years depending on the country, institution, and specific specializations, majors, or minors. The word baccalaureus should not be confused with baccalaureatus, which refers to the one- to two-year postgraduate Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree in some countries.

Her new love of film expanded more as she acted the main role in the film "Her Absurdity" by Chadi Zein in the year 2001. She continued taking on theatre proposals by acting in the object-moving theatre play "THE" by Sam Bardawil the same year. The following year, 2002, Darine travelled back to London that year to publish her poetry art book "7am Blink" on the web launched 111101 (London, UK) in collaboration with painter/illustrator Rafic Majzoub.

In 2002, Darine travelled to New York City where she attended film making classes at Columbia University. There she acted in the short student film “The Park” directed by Nadine Khouri.

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Columbia University Private Ivy League research university in New York City

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Her connection with England led her, in 2003, to apply to the British Council's MA scholarships. She was accepted and travelled to London, UK for an MA in Media Arts Practice at the University of Westminster.

In 2005, Darine returned to Beirut with her MA from London and directly started giving courses in acting, editing and media arts in a number of Universities. She also worked as a director/editor in two cinema critique episodes in the program "Al-Adasa Al-Arabia", for Al-Jazeera TV. [2]

In 2010, Darine starred in the Iranian film Saturday's Hunter which depicts Jews massacring Arabs while seeking God-Like Powers. The film was directed by Parviz Sheikh Tadi and nominated in the 25th Fajr International Film Festival. [3] [4] [5] [6]

International Film Acting Career

Credited as one of the best Arab actresses for taking on challenging and complex roles in different dialects and languages throughout the region, her international film career began in 2009 starring in a big Iranian acclaimed feature film The Book of Law - Ketabe Ghanoon, co-starring legendary Iranian movie star Parviz Parastui and directed by Maziar Miri, in which Darine studied intensive Persian dialect for it. The film had some controversy at first for criticizing the way Islam was being practiced erroneously in certain societies in Iran but was later on accepted as a smart amusing self-critiquing social romantic comedy and was a big hit and has since become a cult-underground film.

Her next unique role was in 2011’s French/Lebanese controversial film Beirut Hotel opposite French actor Charles Berling, directed by Danielle Arbid, which made a huge controversy because of its political sub-text and explicit scenes. [7] Darine took on the challenge this time to portray (Zoha) a wild romantic alternative singer that falls in love with a French spy. Darine practiced her French and even took singing classes which made the film’s soundtrack, with her voice, a hit. But the film was banned in Lebanon due to suggestive scenes depicting the Lebanese government as covering up some kind of information regarding the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. [8] However, the film aired in France and Germany on Arte, and Darine was bombarded by opposing opinions for playing such a daring role. She was praised by the liberal audiences and out-shun by conformists in a number of Arab societies, for playing the French audacious role.

In 2016 Darine first came to the attention of the American audiences with her performance in the German/Lebanese film Halal Love (and sex), directed by Assad Fouladkar and produced by Razor Films, which screened at the US film festivals Sundance and The Hamptons as well as many other international film festivals and screened the Golden Globes HFPA nominations. [9] She depicted the dreamy role of "Loubna", a Muslim divorced woman trying to live her love life and desires without breaking any of her religion's rules, and in it she took on the taboo topic of the Islamic pleasure marriage (which is a short-term contract marriage). As Darine accepted an Award for it in Japan (Fukuoka International Film Festival 2016) she confirmed that she “looks for roles that challenge her psychologically and mentally, as well as fill her human emotions to stimulate evolution, because film is also a window into other people’s worlds, a small peak into the other’s point of view, which can help wake up society’s humanity and lend a hand in bring humans together. And that she hopes that with every character she plays she brings a voice to those hidden closed windows that can help unite races, religions and cultures through the common grounds of art”. [10]


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  1. "إنت مين مع دارين حمزة". OTV Lebanon (in Arabic). 11 July 2015.
  2. http://www.darinehamze.com
  3. Iranian Antisemitic Film "Saturday Hunter" Depicts Jews Massacring Arabs, Seeking God-Like Powers, MEMRI, Clip No. 3560 (transcript), 17 August 2012.
  4. Iranian film depicts Jews as money-hungry Arab-killers by Greg Tepper, Times of Israel, 5 September 2012.
  5. "Saturday's hunter" in 17th international children's festival, Art News Agency, 9 October 2010.
  6. Iranian distributor has big plans for making anti-Zionist films, Tehran Times, (On Line: 16 November 2011 16:40) (In Print: Thursday 17 November 2011)
  7. https://stateofmind13.com/2011/12/10/beirut-hotel-a-new-lebanese-movie-is-banned-for-sexual-content/
  8. https://stateofmind13.com/2011/12/10/beirut-hotel-a-new-lebanese-movie-is-banned-for-sexual-content/
  9. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jan/26/halal-love-and-sex-review-beirut-set-comedy-sundance-film-2016
  10. http://www.focus-on-asia.com/news_en/fukuoka-audience-award-and-kumamoto-city-award-winners/