Controversial Ahl Eskendereya TV series to be screened after all!
Still from Ahl Eskendereya TV series trailer. (Image: YouTube)
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Following controversy that surfaced around the withdrawal of Ahl Eskendereya (People of Alexandria) from screening last Ramadan, Al-Ahram's Arabic newspaper reports that the series will finally be aired on television channels.
Directed by renowned director Khairy Beshara, the series provoked a number of speculations after it was withdrawn from screening even though two channels, Al-Haya TV and Al-Mehwar, had already been running promotional trailers for the series.
At the time, it was circulated that the sudden decision came after both channels had received warnings from unidentified security sources, which caused an angry uproar on social media platforms.
According to Al-Masry Al-Youm's website, it was confirmed by Hassan Hamed, head of Cairo's Media Production City, that the decision not to air the series was indeed the result of pressures from the state's security apparatus.
In addition to the political stances of several actors in the series, including screenwriter Belal Fadl himself as well as actors Amr Waked and Basma, all vocal members of the political opposition, it is also likely that the series is being banned because of its portrayal of a corrupt police officer.
The day after Al-Masry Al-Youm's announcement, some media outlets claimed that Al-Haya TV would be showing the series after all, as per a statement from the channel’s legal consultant.
However, Fadl's latest statement refuted this news, affirming that he received a call from Media Production City officials who informed him of troubles with the production process of the series.