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Actress threatens to stage Press Syndicate protest in belly dancing costume

B-grade film actress El-Masry threatens to lead musical counter-protest in front of Egypt's Press Syndicate should journalists continue to seek ban on film

Ahram Online, Tuesday 13 Mar 2012
Sama El-Masry
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Syrian actress Sama El-Masry says her new film Ala Wahda We Nos will hit the theaters on Wednesday as planned, despite calls from journalists to have the movie banned.

The film is understood to paint a defamatory image of journalists. Accordingly, a group of journalists announced their plans to stage a demonstration to demand the prevention of the film's release.

Should such a demo take place, El-Masry retorted, she would stage an oriental themed musical procession in counter-protest that would head to the Press Syndicate's offices. The actress added that she would a wear belly dancing costume and be escorted by instrumentalists.

"I am shocked to see some journalists protesting against the movie's release just because it touches on corruption in Egyptian journalism," the tall actress stated. "It is not the first movie to discuss this topic."

"Chief censor Sayed Khatab refused to succumb to the pressure of these journalists and stuck to the letter of the law. Whoever wants to have my film withdrawn from theatres should go to a court of law."

Other critics say, based on the film's trailer, that Ala Wahda We Nos is another B-grade project that panders to people's interest in sex.

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