Egyptian actress Hala Sidqi stated that routine procedures
have delayed her trip to Algeria where she will be going to participate in the
Wahran Arab Film Festival as a member on the judging committee. Previously,
Hala had decided to not take part in the festival after a campaign was launched
against her on the social network Facebook calling to boycott her.
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According to the internet website MBC.net, Hala stated that
she has changed her mind about participating in the festival and will be in
Algeria once routine travel documents and procedures are complete. She stressed
that she will defy all campaigns against her and will be an active member of
the judging committee.
Hala stated that until her travel documents are ready, she
will be tying loose ends at home.
The actress revealed that the reason behind her change in
decision is the fact that she had sent the organizing committee of the festival
an apology letter for not being able to participate, but the committee refused
her withdrawal and stressed she must be one of the judges. Hala considered that
the committee’s position is very honoring and that she must not let them down despite
A number of Algerian Facebook members had launched a
campaign calling to boycott Hala due to her position during the Umm Darman
soccer game between Egypt and Algeria that led to severe political disputes
between the two countries.