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Egyptian artists condemn Cairo University ban on Oscar-winning film

The Front for Creativity condemns decision by Egypt's largest university to ban screening of Oscar-winning Iranian film 'A Separation' after pressure from Islamist students

Ahram Online, Wednesday 14 Mar 2012
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Iranian film "A Separation"
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The Front for Creativity, a recently formed grassroots coalition of Egyptian artists who defend freedom of expression in the arts, has condemned Cairo University's decision to forbid a screening of the Oscar-winning Iranian film A Separation.

Islamist students forced the decision, claiming the film spreads Shiite and atheistic ideas.

"We find it useless and energy consuming talking about the role of cinema in enlightening the people," the front said in a statement.

"We learned loyalty to our homeland through film characters such as poor peasant Abu Sweilam whose fingernails grabbed the dry soil while being dragged by a policeman in the film Al-Ard (The Land) and we learned about justice from the trial scene in the film Al-Nasser Salah El-Din (Salahudin)."

The statement also added that films by late director Salah Abou Seif's had planted the seed of social justice in people's core.

"We think it is a catastrophe that a film that has garnered awards in many countries as well as an Oscar was not allowed to be screened in Egypt," the statement continued.

"They [the Islamist students] have to remember that their voices are now heard because of a revolution that calls for freedom, so it is a shame that they suppress this freedom," said the statement.

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Ansari
18-03-2012 09:08am
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Egyptian artists condemn Cairo University ban on Oscar-winning film
The Artists dont know the moral values, and safety of Egyptian people. All they want is make sensation and make money. Islamist won the general public election choice with huge majority, it means the Islamist are the voice of the majority of people. the Oscar-winning Iranian film A Separation won Oscar in the West, West is not standard of judgement for Islamic behavior and choices. So good piece of advice for artists is make films with the taste of Egyptian Muslims, not the taste of the West.
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Pejman Akbarzadeh
16-03-2012 02:34pm
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The film was not banned in Iran
The film was not banned in Iran. The government prevented the artists to organize a ceremony to commemorate the director Asghar Farhadi in Tehran. Of course it's a sing of anti-cultural policies by the Iranian government but what you have mentioned regarding the banning, is not correct. Thanks.
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سوسن مصطفى على
14-03-2012 11:19pm
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I AM WITH FREEDOM ..............BUT
I THINK IN SUCH A CASE IN PARTICULAR- AL AZHAR SHOULD BE CONSULTED ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THE FILM. IN THE PAST SUCH FILMS WERE NOT PUBLICLY SHOWED IN UNIV. BUT ONLY IN CINE CLUBS .
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