Shahira wrote through her official account on the social networking site Facebook: “I think, I am not defending Sakka, but I see that he did not calculate it historically right, and did not mean it as most people thought because the seventies and eighties were among the most brilliant eras of Egyptian cinema. I am talking here, for example, about my husband at this stage. I witnessed the era in this period, for example, there were films by Mahmoud Yassin, such as A Song on the Corridor.”
And Shahira continued: “Other films, which contained five films by Mahmoud Yassin, were among the 100 most important films in Egyptian cinema, and he and his great colleagues, Adel Imam, Nour El-Sharif, Ahmed Zaki, Hussein Fahmy, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Al-Fishawy, Ezzat Al-Alayli, Mahmoud Morsi and others, all countries They presented films of signs in Egyptian cinema, but they were enjoying culture and awareness at the highest level.”
Shahira concluded by saying: “Saying these words to the young youth who did not live this stage, and of course the friend Ahmed Al-Sakka does not hide this stage from him, but it was a wrong calculation and the expression betrayed him, and I see that he knows very well the value and values of this stage.
Ahmed El-Sakkas statements, during his honor at the opening of the El Gouna Festival, in which he said that Egyptian cinema after 1967 was suffering from suffocation, “created narrow”, as he put it, sparked widespread criticism, as some considered him offending an important and foundational stage in the history of Egyptian cinema.
As soon as the clip spread, which was understood as an insult to Egyptian cinema at that period, which witnessed huge productions of Egyptian cinema, many films that are ranked among the top 100 films produced by Egyptian cinema, until the movie star met with a sharp attack on social networking sites.
Ahmed El-Sakka explained what he meant by his speech, which sparked controversy, after he talked about cinema, before the movie “Ismailia Rayeh Gay”, and said: “I did not mean to cancel the history of cinema before (Ismailia Rayeh Gay), what I meant by the techniques and conditions of the show. It was suffocating, and that the films during the 1967 period and afterwards did not take their right due to the conditions of the war. I did not detract from the industry and I do not dare to do so, what I mean is that the available possibilities were less than the capabilities of the stars, “and I apologize if my words were misunderstood.”
It is noteworthy that the El Gouna Film Festival kicks off from the 14th of October to the 22nd of this month, and this session bears the name “Cinema for Humanity”, which is the slogan that expresses the festival’s orientation in this session. Chief among them is UNICEF.