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Monday, November 21, 2005

Egypt's Taboos

The following article from The Daily Star raises the issue of premarital sex in Egypt. Though the issue is not limited to this country only for it is a common practice all over the world, what draw my attention in this article, is the fact that two egyptian independent filmmakers have brought such a forbidden subject to light through two short movies. The first one entitled "The Fifth Pound" is by Ahmed Khaled and the second one " Bet Min Lahm" (House of Flesh) by Rami Abdul Jabbar.Khaled's movie portrays
a young man and his veiled girlfriend who make love in a bus through Cairo
whereas Jabbar's movie is
based on a story by Youssef Idrees about a single mother and her three young girls who live in extreme poverty. To survive the mother marries a blind sheikh and the girls take full of advantage of his blindness to finally make love to their boyfriends.
Both movies are facing censorship in Egypt but "The Fifth Pound" will be screened in the American University, Cairo, November 22, 2005.


Blogger Flying_Monkeys said...

Seems very interesting. Hopefully he can find a good distributor that will allow wider audience to see this film. It's sad though that they didn;t allow him to show his picture in Egypt.
You got to wonder when the Russian Cultural Center become a beacon of free speech LOL

4:36 PM  
Blogger Hannibal said...

Well my friend it's all about politics, the Russians won't miss such an opportunity to show their openness knowing that their neighbours on the other side of the ocean have already taken the initiative!

9:20 AM  

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