Movie with Gay Themes in Egypt Stirs Controversy
While the film covers many taboo subjects, what's perhaps most surprising,
film critics say, is that it passed Egypt's censorship unscathed. But Egypt's
President of Censorship Ali Abou Shadi says he really liked the movie. "It's an
important film," says Mr. Shadi. "It's critical of the government, extremism,
homosexuality. We don't want to cover our eyes about this."
Nevertheless, in its uncensored state, Shadi and the film's creators agree,
"The Yacoubian Building" may well offend and anger Egypt's government and public
alike. Religious fundamentalists might complain about its portrayal of Islam,
they say. Others might argue that it shows a bad image of Egypt. Some may be
scandalized by the film's homosexuality.
Shadi says "critical of...homosexuality", but I'm willing to bet in a movie that's causing such a stir, he means critical of discrimination against homosexuality. The aricle doesn't say what exactly happens in the film, just what subjects it touches on. I'm intrigued...I hope it comes here to Lebanon. Actually, I hope it goes everywhere in the Arab World.