Egypt: Censorship board rejects film script for ‘inciting incest’

The script of a movie based on the novel a “House of Flesh” has been rejected by the art censorship authority on grounds that it “incites incest,” although a number of short films with the same plot have previously represented Egypt in several festivals.

This was reported by the Cairo Post on 13 October 2015.

“The audience should judge a film, not the censorship authority. The authority is not entitled to choose what people watch, but the state in general follows an authoritarian and patriarchal approach, forgetting that it is an administrative body,” Karim Abdel Rady, researcher and lawyer at the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) told The Cairo Post.

For his part, scriptwriter of the rejected film Lenin el-Ramly told Youm7 that “the censorship authority is merely a group of employees who do not appreciate freedom of creativity,” adding that he has become accustomed to such disapprovals.

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