Jan 25, 2022

Netflix: First Arabic movie sparks morality row

The first Arabic-language film shown on Netflix has sparked controversy in Egypt for alleged immorality and undermining of traditional values. Mr Mahfouz said he had also sent a legal warning to the ministry of culture to prevent the film from being shown in Egypt, according to the Cairo 24 website. Responding to calls for the movie to be banned in Egypt, the head of the Censorship Authority for Artistic Works said the country could not ban the film because it was a Lebanese production, the pro-opposition Darb website reports. Many prominent actors and critics have strongly defended the film, and have rejected accusations against its filmmakers. Arabic hashtags carrying the names of the actress and the film were among the top trends in Egypt, with more than 17,000 comments.

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