Egypt film icons gear up to take part in 30 June anti-Morsi rallies

Ahram Online, Thursday 20 Jun 2013

Actors, actresses from Egypt's silver screen voice readiness to join planned demonstrations on 30 June against President Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood

Ahram Online

Several famous Egyptian film actors and actresses will participate in upcoming 30 June demonstrations against President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported on Thursday.

"I hope it's the end of Muslim Brotherhood rule on 30 June," actress Elham Shahin said, announcing her participation on 30 June. "After the fall of this regime, there won't be any chaos, unlike the chaos the country is witnessing now."

Shahin’s view was shared by actress Naglaa Fathi, who, according to MENA, also voiced her readiness to participate in the upcoming rallies.

For his part, artist Helmi Fouad said: "I'm optimistic, praying to God that [the day] will pass without incident."

Actress Maali Zayed, meanwhile, was quoted as saying: "I’m not afraid of this day; nothing will happen. I don't expect any violence; things will pass smoothly."

With 30 June fast approaching, some film directors are stepping up their work schedules in fear of possible violence.

Director Magdi Abu Emeira, for example, was forced to use an additional camera for the completion of his new series 'Minors' so as to finish filming before 30 June in order to avoid any tension that may occur on that day.

Director Mohamed Azizia, meanwhile, is hoping to complete his new series 'Kheybar' – which tackles the thorny issue of Zionism – next Sunday.

Several actors and actresses have reportedly decided to stop filming of the series 'Nazareyet Al-Guava' to join the 30 June demonstrations.

Directed by Medhat El-Sebai, the series includes Elham Shahin, Samir Sabry, Samah Anwar, Fathi Abdelwahad, Ragaa El-Gedawy, Amira Hany, Amir Shahin, Entisaar and Tarek El-Talmesany.

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