Hussein Fahmy Blows Away ‘Al Asifa’ Rumors

Published October 15th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Acclaimed actor and Chairman of the Cairo Film Festival, Hussein Fahmy has denied that the festival’s administration plans to remove the controversial movie Al Asifa (The Strom) from its opening schedule. 

The decision came in reply to alleged Kuwaiti warnings on airing the film, reported Al Sharq El Awsat newspaper. 

“There are no changes to the festival’s opening lineup and Al Asifa will be shown. We also recognize that this movie has been facing a series of criticism from Kuwaiti newspapers, who charged that the movie sympathizes with Iraq,” Fahmy told the London based publication. 

Fahmy added that “it is hard to judge a film before seeing it and that is what happened to Al Asifa; which has resulted in these random attacks.” 

The film, starring Egyptian mega star Yusra, has been unjustly accused of bias by various Kuwaiti and Gulf State newspapers even before it was released. 

The publications had already made their judgment on the grounds of a leaked storyline.  

Al Asifa depicts the story of an Egyptian family, a mother and two sons, who become directly involved in the Gulf War when one of the children decides to volunteer for the battle. And so the son joins the Egyptian army fighting the Iraqi forces. 

However, the other brother decides that his faith lies elsewhere and signs up with the Iraqi army. 

Aside from Yusra, the controversial film stars Hani Salameh and Mahmoud Himeida. 

It was directed by Khaled Youssef and produced by the International Production company, headed by the acclaimed director Youssef Shahine. – Albawaba.com. 

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