Woman amid rough rivalry
Sharbatji presented her first series “Qanoon But” while she is still in her twenties, after being schooled by her father, the able director Hisham Sharbatji, where she worked with him as an assistant in a number of drama series. However, she entered the profession of directing from the broadest of its doors through Syrian and Egyptian drama, which are the most followed among Arab dramas.
It is difficult for any worker in the field of acting and directing to start his career with a series that brings together experienced stars such as Bassam Kousa, the late Khaled Taja, Wafaa Mawsili, Antoinette Naguib, Abdel Hadi Al-Sabbagh and others who have no less experience and ferocity in dealing with text, the camera and the workplace. What makes the task more difficult is that the work was written by Mamdouh Hamadeh, who was distinguished by his contrasting dramatic and comedic texts.
Sharbatji remained strict in her artistic terms and in everything she presented after it. Conditions that she saw are logical and in the interest of the work, while enjoying flexibility and friendly dealing and focus on marketing the work in the first place. So she was able to strengthen her name and her presence next to the major directors and directors in Syria such as Ruwaida Al-Jarrah, Anisa Assaf, Ghada Mardam Bey, Hind Meidani, Basma Al-Ayoubi and Manal Salhieh, who won the Emmy Award years ago and was presented to her in New York by the great actor Robert De Niro. This made Sharbatji’s mission to distinguish between this television elite extremely difficult.
Sharbatji, who comes from Syrian roots and a Damascene family, was born in the Egyptian capital Cairo in April 1975 to an Egyptian mother, who lived her childhood in the two countries, and this made her accent mixed between them because of her contact with the two peoples, who have strong ties and historical ties. But she was not immune to the criticism of the Syrian artistic community, who accused her of flattering the Egyptians at the expense of the people of her mother country.
It is to her credit that she contributed to showing many talents that have achieved great success and presence, among them the artist Maram, for example, who presented the role of “Naya” in the series “Bride of Beirut”, after Sharbatji gave her 150 scenes in the series “Girls of the Family.”
On International Women’s Day, artist Laura Abu Asaad posted on Instagram, “Thank you to my mother, my sisters, my friends and colleagues, and every woman who left an imprint in my life. And to her father’s legacy, she is diligent, loving, elegant in dealing, and soft-tempered. ”
The series, Haret Al-Qobba
The month of Ramadan represents an opportunity for the Arab media and TV programs to shed light on the Syrian dramas, which always cover the Arab audience with series with a Levantine environment that depict the lives of Syrians in the Ottoman era and the French mandate.
According to critics, it is expected that Sharbatji’s new work, “Harat al-Qobba”, which began its presentation with the beginning of Ramadan 2021, will break records in the number of views, as the leaks about the producing company say that “Haret Al-Qobba” will be his story in five parts, two of which were filmed under supervision Director Sharbatji, written by Osama Kokesh, and starring Abbas Al-Nouri and Salafa Maimar.
The production company’s management stated that it had built Damascene studios and lanes that simulate the Ottoman era in the Levantine region, at a great financial cost.
In a press interview about the series, Sharbatji indicated that she was not the first choice to direct the work, but rather the first candidate was the Syrian director Samir Hussein, until the choice fell on her, indicating that the actors were chosen in consultation with the producer, Hani Al-Ashi.
As for the actor Abbas Al-Nouri, who plays the role of “Abu Al-Ezz”, he likened in his comparison of the two series “Harat al-Qobba” and “Bab al-Hara”, that the latter “became a falafel that was thrown in the fridge and no one had approached it for ten years,” adding that “Al-Qabba neighborhood” is an attempt For innovation, it introduces the subtle storytelling elements of some of the characters.
Regarding Sharbatji, Al-Nouri said that she deals far from the Monter with a partnership with everyone, and this is what he noticed through his filming of his scenes in the 60 episodes with her.
As for Sharbatji, she said that she is biased towards the artist Sulafa Mimar because of her very great acting potential, and that her choice of starring in the series “Harat El Qobba” in the role of “Umm El Ezz” was in agreement with the producer.
Sharbatji’s experience in Egyptian works in 2007 was exemplified in the tragic series “Children of the Night”, which starred the Syrian artist Gamal Soliman and a group of Egyptian stars such as Ghada Abdel Razek, Ahmed Ratib, Rogina, Alaa Morsi.
In that work, the minutes of the first episode of the series began, reviewing the arrest of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein by the American forces and how the Egyptian people gathered in front of television screens, silently watching that event with regret for an Arab country, expecting a bleak future for it, and this is what actually happened with Iran’s penetration into Iraq to heal and take revenge on the Iraqis who fought them for 8 years.
The events of the series revolve around the life of teacher Saeed System, who works in the antique trade with his uncle Sultan in the Port Said markets, and shows his suffering by reconciling his work and his family after his divorce, so that his life is turned upside down after the appearance of a mysterious man wreaking havoc in the market.
With Al Fakharani
The Egyptian experience of Sharbatji did not stop at “Awlad El-Layl”, but repeated it with a great social drama with the great artist Yahya Al-Fakharani, who played the lead role in the series “Honor Fateh Al-Bab”. He was involved in the work by a constellation of Egyptian actresses and actors, whose number was estimated at 73, and with a great production capacity.
Sharbatji finds her experience very successful in Egypt, but it is difficult to return to competition after an interruption of more than 11 years from Egyptian business. And because Egypt is replete with a large number of directors, being away for a while means others who have ambitions to compete and enter the television business.
The experience of working with great artists was good for Sharbatji, who directed the series “Ibn Al-Arandali” in Cairo, consisting of thirty episodes of 45 minutes each, and also starring Al-Fakharani, who portrayed the role of lawyer Abdel-Badi Al-Arandali through the personality of a poor lawyer who encourages corruption by defending the corrupt, so that he later faces an accident He absolutely changes his life.
Despite its impressive success in the Egyptian arena, its Syrian works are no less important and followed by a large and tasteful audience who loves and appreciates art, and among the most important of these series are “Birth from the Loin”, “Takht Sharqi”, “Soft Thorns”, “Deer in the Wolves Forest” “Asaad Al-Warraq” in its latest edition 2010 and others.
Whoever watches its series feels as if he lives in Syria, walks its streets, sits in its gardens, enters its restaurants, gets acquainted with its popular and home-made food. Her work often penetrated the walls of our homes and our minds because of her mastery of her work. She is known to not be flattering at the expense of her work, in order to ensure that she presents her works with unparalleled craftsmanship and technology.
The march of Rasha Sharbatji can be summarized as a Ramadan lantern that illuminates the screens of Arab satellite channels, overlooking its audience and followers of the Syrian drama with creative ideas, translating texts into sound and image, and making the viewer live the Syrian situation even if he is thousands of kilometers away.