The meeting of the Egyptian media, Bossi Shalaby, with the heroine of the movie “feathers”, Demiana Nassar, known as “Mother of Mario”, angered the audience and followers of the El Gouna Festival, after what some described as “racism and condescension” to her and her family during an interview with “Mother of Mario”. On the sidelines of the festival.
Recall that the movie “feathers”, Controversial and accused of insulting EgyptProblems and rumors have haunted him since his presentation during the fifth session of the El Gouna Film Festival, as it became the talk of the artistic and non-technical community in Egypt.
A state of anger swept social networking sites, against the background of the medias use of some phrases by performing and kinetic expressions that underestimated Demiana Nassar, the heroine of the movie “Rishes” and her family, where the announcer said that director Omar Al-Zuhairi had succeeded in changing the fate of some of the participants in His film, as it “opened a new door of livelihood for a family from Minya who could not reach the exact place where we are,” pointing with her hand to one of the El Gouna Festival venues, where they stood for the dialogue.
The words of Bossi Shalaby, and her movements during the dialogue, on various social media platforms in Egypt, were described as racist, arrogant and condescending to the heroine of the film, whose role in the film was her first time to stand in front of cinema cameras, as it is the first role she plays in her life.
It is noteworthy that Bossi Shalaby is a seasoned and old broadcaster in the profession, who specialized in covering film festivals and conducting interviews with art stars, and she is the widow of the late star Mahmoud Abdel Aziz.
The film’s author, Amr El-Dali, expressed his strong dissatisfaction, and wrote on his account on “Facebook”: “An actress who played a role received an international award, one of the most prestigious film awards in the world, and her name will be written in history. Why do you make an interview with a local broadcaster?”
The director of the film, Omar Al-Zuhairi, with the movie “Fishes”
The film “feathers”, which won the Grand Prix of the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, was the first award to be won by an Egyptian feature film in the history of the festival, and it faced criticism from major Egyptian artists, who walked out of the showroom, one hour after the start of the film’s showing, in protest of what they called “insulting Egypt’s reputation”.
While the artist Sherif Mounir said that “the film did not like it”, and that the heroes of the film live a harsh reality that contradicts the reality of the initiatives “a decent life” and “solidarity and dignity” and other initiatives undertaken by the Egyptian state to combat poverty and slums, and ensure a decent life for citizens, the critic motivated Tariq El-Shennawy about the film, saying that “the film, despite the controversy surrounding it, whether from the artistic community or the politics of some, is considered one of the most important films of the third millennium, because it won two awards from the Cannes Festival, in addition to receiving other awards from other festivals, the last of which is the Festival El Gouna”, refusing to include “Egypt’s reputation” in the objection to the artworks.
And “Umm Mario” had responded to the criticisms directed at her by asking: “It is forbidden for us to rejoice, I mean? It is forbidden to make a movie in our style, our clothes and our tired homes, like any people in society?”
The late artist Mahmoud Abdel Aziz with his wife, Bossi Shalaby
In the last chapters of the crisis related to the film, Egyptian parliament member Ahmed Mhenni announced that he would submit a request for a briefing to Parliament Speaker Hanafi Gebali, directed to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem, regarding the screening of the movie “offensive to Egypt,” as he put it.
As for Walaa Gad, the director of the central administration of the presidential initiative, “A Decent Life” at the Ministry of Local Development in Egypt, he said that the initiative favors freedom of creativity and art, and does not see that a movie can harm Egypt’s reputation, which he considers much greater. He also pointed out that the film deals with the life of a poor family deprived of services, and does not have the standards of a decent life, which is what the state has been making continuous efforts to change that reality since 2014, as it is indeed “the reality in which a large segment of citizens was living, as a result of decades of neglect and unbiased policies of social justice.
On the other hand, On Wednesday, Lawyer Samir Sabry submitted a complaint to the Public Prosecutor And to the Supreme State Security Prosecution in Egypt against the director of “Rish”, the screenwriter and the producer, considering that the film “offended the Egyptian state and the Egyptians.”
In his statement, Sabri said: “On the third day of the El Gouna Film Festival, the movie “feathers” was shown, and after it was shown, there was a state of great anger from the artists and participants in the festival, when they watched the premiere of the film, but the matter evolved into some of them leaving the theater in anger.
Sabri demanded that the contents of his report be investigated, and that the amount against them be referred to an urgent criminal trial.
The film “Rishes” discusses the story of a mother who lives under the protection of her husband and children, a life that does not change and days are repeated between the walls of the house that she does not leave and does not know what is going on outside. One day, a sudden change occurs and her husband turns into a chicken. While celebrating the birthday of the youngest son, the magician errs and loses control and fails to return the husband, who was managing every detail of this family’s life.
This violent transformation forces this dormant wife to take responsibility in search of solutions to the crisis and restore the husband, while trying to survive what is left of her young family.