Darina Al Joundi is a critically acclaimed actor, director and writer. She was born and raised in Lebanon and has been acting since the age of eight. The daughter of notorious Syrian journalist, freedom fighter, political activist and exile Assim Al Joundi, Darina Al Joundi is known throughout the Arab world for her television and film roles, and has also played occasional roles in popular English-language series such as Homeland and Tyrants.
In 2001, after the death of her father, writing became a new form of expression for Darina. Le Jour où Nina Simone a cessé de chanter (The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing) was an instant sensation when Darina first performed it as a one-woman play at the Avignon festival in July 2007: it sold out at every performance and resulted in multiple runs in Paris and throughout France. Darina followed this up with the successful sequel Ma Marseillaise (Marseillaise My Way), which premiered at the Avignon festival in 2012.
Darina lives and works as an actor in France.
Reviews of Darina Al Joundi’s writing
a story that flows like a surging river Le Monde
Darina Al Joundi’s testimony … is a powerful resistance song L’Humanité
A feisty narrative that is wickedly funny Financial Times
A stunning manifesto for freedom Zybeline
A beautiful piece, necessary for our times, our politics and our humanity Inferno magazine.
Le Jour où Nina Simone a cessé de chanter with Mohamed Kacimi
(Actes Sud, 2008)
Prisonnière du levant (Grasset, 2017)
Le Jour où Nina Simone a cessé de chanter (L’Avant-Scène Théâtre, 2012)
Ma Marseillaise (L’Avant-Scène Théâtre, 2012)
The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing, novel, translated by Marjolijn de Jager (Feminist Press, 2010)
The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing, play, translated by Helen
Vassallo (Naked Eye Publishing, 2022)
Marseillaise My Way, play, translated by Helen Vassallo (Naked Eye Publishing, 2022)
Prisoner of the Levant, novel, translated by Helen Vassallo (Liverpool University Press, forthcoming)