Egyptian censors reject British film over contempt for Islam
The Egyptian censors rejected screening the British film “East is East” because the film defames Muslims bluntly and highlights their lives within a civilized English society in a disgusting manner, according to the daily al Ahram.
The chief censor Madkour Thabet said that his ban on the film screening at the Egyptian venues was final, as its objective in defaming Islam was enough reason to reject it. The film is part of a chain of harsh attitudes against Islam that attempt to show that Islam is a source of terrorism.
The film was produced by Four Company and BBC under the direction of Damien O’onnell and costarring Linda Bassett and Om Puri. It tackles the life history of a Muslim Pakistani who travels to England leaving at home his Muslim wife. He gets married to an English woman who gives birth to 7 children he gives Islamic names while the mother gives them other names and calls her husband George.
The film’s hostile attitude towards Islam appears clearly through a number of scenes and events. The film shows the Muslim father as authoritative who imposes religious teachings on his family by force and cruelty. It alleges that the father insists on circumcising his son and choosing a wife for one of his sons without any consideration for the son’s feelings. The son flees the wedding hall and goes to live with another person and ultimately becomes a beggar.
However, this was the second time in one month for the Egyptian censors to reject a foreign film for defaming Muslims. Before two weeks the Egyptian censors rejected screening the American film “Guardian” “for its racial ideas, which depict an Arab person as evil while it depicts the Jew as a good man of peace.” -- Albawaba.com
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