Monday, May 29, 2006

In addition, we had Marwan Hamed of The Yacoubian Building with us. This started a lively and healthy conversation about the different film industries, Egypt and Hollywood. The movie is expected to be very controversial in Egypt because it deals with topics that are not often expressed publicly, including corruption in government, homosexuality, rape and polygamy. The conversation turned to the responsibilty of film in its representation of characters, even if fictional, because they become iconic, often stereotypes that are proliferated. Since this film is the first to talk about many kinds of characters, it is important that it be careful in passing judgement on its own characters.


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