First Egyptian film on trial
The Egyptian court of urgent matters will be releasing a verdict in the lawsuit filed against the film “678” accusing it of encouraging women to physically defend themselves against men who attempt to harass them or pick on them in the street.
The film is considered to be the first Egyptian film to completely tackle the subject of sexual harassment and is the first directing experience Mohammad Diab, who also wrote the film.
According to the internet website MBC.net, the film gave rise to controversy after airing a portion of promotional scenes on television. Many considered it as insulting to Egypt insinuating that men in Egypt are sexual harassers.
Others have expressed that the film tackled a very important subject that has been avoided for too long. It was added that the film gave awareness to the different forms of harassment that most women experience in public streets.
The lawsuit against the film accused the film makers and the cast of promoting harassment and insulting the Egyptian people by showing that most Egyptian men stalk women in public streets and places. In addition, the film is accused of encouraging women to use foul language and violence against men that attempt to make passes at them.
The film stars Egyptian actors Nelly Kareem, Ahmad Al Fishawi, Bushra and Nahed Al Siba’ie.