Nidal Achkar: “What changes our lives is looking forward, but you cannot do that without opportunities.” (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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This is part of a series of weekly articles interviewing pioneering Lebanese womenBEIRUT: Clad all in black save for an orange scarf, Nidal Achkar leans back on her couch and sifts through a book on her coffee table. The home of the renowned Lebanese actress and director is strewn with books, some poking out of the shelves for lack of space, an indication not only of her love for literature and the arts, but also of her belief in the importance of learning and education. Credited with kicking off the modern theater movement in Lebanon back in the '60s, Achkar is the woman behind the Beirut Theater Workshop, the Arab Actors theater company and cultural institute Masrah al-Madina. Considered a revolutionary figure within the arts, to this day she continues to work both on stage and off. Decades before equality became an established right, Achkar was fortunate enough to have been treated just the same as her brothers, with all of them encouraged to get a good education.For Achkar, women need to come out of their shells, leave behind their sects and their political allegiances, and venture out on their own.
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