The Actors
Mona Zaki
One of Egypt’s sweethearts, Mona is renowned for her wide range, acting in everything from romantic comedies to more dramatic and human projects with contemporary social impact. Among her latest titles was Netflix’s Arab adaptation of PERFECT STRANGERS in 2022, which put her at the center of a controversy for her daring portrayal of an everyday wife who is cheating on her husband with a stranger she met online. She followed this up by working on a string of intense yet widely-loved projects, including Tamer Mohsen’s Ramadan drama NEWTON’S CRADLE, action flick THE SPIDER, and the Ramadan 2023 series UNDER GUARDIANSHIP. For her contributions to raising awareness on many national charity and advocacy campaigns, she was appointed to be an ambassador for UNICEF Egypt in 2018.

Over the past year, Mona has had a series of remarkable achievements. Her latest film, FLIGHT 404, has been a significant success, topping the box office and receiving critical acclaim for its compelling drama and Zaki's powerful performance. She has also made a significant move to empower women in cinema by co-founding HerStory Films. This production company is dedicated to exclusively producing works by female filmmakers in Egypt and the Arab World, aiming to change the narrative and create a collective impact. HerStory Films also launched an incubator program to support and enable female filmmakers, reflecting Zaki's commitment to fostering gender equality in the film industry.