Jordanian-Palestinian actress Tara Abboud will be attending the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) – which will run from December 1st to the 10th – to represent her latest outing in action-thriller REBEL.
Directed by Belgians of Moroccan origin Adil El-Arbi and Bilall Fallah, REBEL had its world premiere during the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.
REBEL is an action-thriller that tells the story of Kamal, who decides to leave Belgium to help war victims in Syria. However, once he arrives in Syria, ISIS forces him to join their ranks, trapping him.
Given that his younger brother, Naseem, remains in Belgium, he becomes an easy target for terrorists who promise to reunite him with his brother. Meanwhile, their mother does everything she can to keep them from dying.
The film stars Tara Abboud, along with Aboubakr Bensaihi, Amir El-Arbi, Lubna Azabal, and Younes Bouab.
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Tara Abboud is a Jordanian-Palestinian actress who was named one of Screen International's Arab Stars of Tomorrow in 2020 at the 42nd Cairo International Film Festival.
She kicked off her career in the film industry at the age of 10 with several short films, such as Motaz Matar’s film FROM BEHIND THE DOOR and Tima Shomali’s LOG IN.
Following her dazzling performance in the aforementioned roles, Tara played her first leading role in 2009 alongside renowned actor Amer Alkhuffash in Amjad Al-Rasheed's PRINCESS OF THE MOUNTAINS. The movie was part of the directors' graduation projects for the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts.
Tara's name was also the subject of much praise by major international media outlets for her role in Mohamed Diab's AMIRA (2021), which screened at the 78th Venice International Film Festival – where it won three awards – and at the fifth El-Gouna Film Festival.
She was also dubbed the ‘Zendaya of the Middle East’ by Italian newspaper Italy 24 News in reference to the American actress Zendaya Marie Coleman. Meanwhile, Moving Image Middle East praised her performance, saying "newcomer Tara Abboud embodies perfectly, and with the right vulnerability, the character of Amira."
Recently, Tara finished shooting her Disney+ UK original series CULPRITS. The star-studded cast includes Eddie Izzard, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Kamel El-Basha, Kevin Vidal, Ned Dennehy, Gemma Arterton, and Niamh Algar.
Besides her work on the big screen, Tara also managed to nab a role in Jordanian series CROSSING in which she co-starred with Saba Mubarak. The show, which came out during Ramadan and was a huge hit, is about refugee camps – especially Mrajeeb Al-Fhood – and shows the daily pain that refugees from different countries go through as a result of their displacement.