Egypt parliament to scrutinise film

The Egyptian parliament is to review a film after 112 of its members demanded that homosexual scenes be censored.

    Egyptian parliamentarians will watch the film

    Politicians have attacked "The Yacoubian Building" since it was released two weeks ago, saying it defames Egypt by portraying corrupt politicians, police brutality, terrorism and homosexuality.

    Mustafa Bakri, an independent parliamentarian who has led the campaign, said members also demanded that "profane" scenes be cut from the film.

    "This film is spreading obscenity and debauchery, which is totally against Egyptian moral values," Bakri said.

    "I respect freedom of expression and creativity. But this is neither."

    Parliament decided to form a committee to review the movie and determine which parts should be cut, the official Middle East News Agency reported.

    "Real issues"

    The novel the film is based on was reprinted eight times and translated into several languages since being first published in 1998, a rare literary event in the Arab world.

    Al-Aswany, the author, said he regretted parliament's action against the film.

    "Why aren't Italy, France or the United States defamed by movies dealing with homosexuality," he said.

    "Novels and movies are not made to promote tourism, but to deal with real issues of life."

    Last month, the Egyptian authorities banned the American film "The Da Vinci Code" for insulting religion.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Many Pentecostal churches in the Niger Delta offer to deliver people from witchcraft and possession - albeit for a fee.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    Why a hipster, vegan, green tech economy is not sustainable

    Why a hipster, vegan, green tech economy is not sustainable

    Improving eco-efficiency within a capitalist growth-oriented system will not save the environment.