Egyptian TV series ‘Donia Tania’ re-edited after suspension for 'incest plot'

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Apr 2022

The showrunners of the Ramadan TV series ‘Donia Tania’ announced on Saturday that they re-edited the show to “avoid stirring any controversy” hours after the series was suspended by authorities following its broadcasting on Al-Nahar TV channel.

Donia Tanya

The debut episode of Donia Tania contained a scene where the heroine — portrayed by star Laila Elwy — discovered that her husband is cheating with another woman that appeared to be her sister.

Earlier on Saturday, Egypt’s Supreme Council for Media Regulations (SCMR) suspended the screening of the series’ first episode following a complaint from the Censorship Authority.

“The council stressed to TV channels not to broadcast any artistic work that has not previously been licenced by the Censorship Authority,” stated the SCMR, which has been implementing a “code of ethics” for shows screened by Egyptian TV channels since 2019.

The series was written by Amin Gamal and directed by Ahmed Abdel-Aal.

The scene that triggered the complaint was rejected by the Censorship Authority due to the implication that the two women are related, however, the series had intended to reveal in the following episodes that the two women are in fact not sisters, explained director Abdel-Aal.

The showrunners confirmed that the first episode was edited to reveal the nature of the relation earlier to “avoid misunderstandings” and "observe the established social values and censorship regulations."

One of the dozens of TV shows screened during the high season of the holy month of Ramadan, Donia Tanya — which also starrs Mai Selim, Magdy Kamel, and Ashraf Zaki — is a social drama that tells the story of Donia and her divorce after one of her sons drowns and the other loses the ability to talk.

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