Sunday 23 January 2022
I wrote – Manal El-Gioshy:
Dr. Khaled Abdel Jalil, head of the Artistic Works Censorship Authority, said in a telephone interview with the journalist Sayed Ali on the “Hazrat Al-Muwatin” program that the movie “Friends and My Dearest” is entirely Lebanese.
He continued, “This film has nothing to do with Egypt, either from near or far. This film is completely Lebanese, and we have absolutely nothing to do with it, and we are not a party to it in any way.”
He added, “This movie is produced by Netflix, which is an international platform, and if the film is requested to be shown in a public display, then it comes under censorship and is subject to the conditions and general standards of censorship.”
“Abdul-Jalil” explained that he had not seen the film, adding that any work that deviates from customs, traditions and strict censorship rules that apply with our society, will not be shown as a non-Egyptian film.
He revealed that until now, it has not been requested to be shown in Egypt, and he continued, “We will not allow any need that has a defect of any kind, and sometimes the owners of these films miss some scenes on the Internet to make a fuss like what happened this.”
The movie “Friends and Dearest” sparked a great deal of controversy on social networking sites, because of the content described by some as “shocking” and inappropriate with the values of society.
The film is produced by the global Netflix platform, and starring: Mona Zaki, Iyad Nassar, Nadine Labaki, George Khabbaz, Adel Karam.