After addressing taboos.. Mona Zaki’s movie on Netflix stirs division

Cairo- The first Arab film produced by the famous American company Netflix in Egypt sparked widespread controversy in the Arab world because of the issues it addressed and the scenes it contained.

The film and its heroes, “Friends.. and my dearest”, which began showing on the 20th of this month on the company’s platform, received a barrage of attack and criticism and a torrent of praise and praise as well, but the biggest attack focused on the Egyptian artist Mona Zaki, and her name and the name of the film have been issued on social networking sites since Starting the movie, watching it and interacting with it.

In the short headlines, the film is “one game that reveals all the secrets”, as the company promoted on its website on the communication sites, and it stars Mona Zaki, Nadine Labaki, Iyad Nassar and others.

And in the subheadings it says company: “The facts unfold at a dinner party when a group of best friends leave their phones unlocked on the table, revealing exciting interactions and dark secrets, without providing any further details.”

Netflix (Netflix) is a streaming service that delivers a variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, anime, documentaries and other works from thousands of internet-connected devices, according to the company’s website.

A scene from the controversial movie (networking sites)

Controversial movie details

In detail, revealed Egyptian sites Local and social media pioneers that the film touched on “homosexuality” and moral openness, and the absence of the role of the censor in the family, in addition to some scenes and words that are outside the traditions of the eastern Arab society, which are issues that usually raise division in the Arab street whenever they are raised and addressed in any work. artistic or literary.

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The team rejecting the film presented a lot of evidence that the artwork does not include any real creativity in the first Arab work of the international company, but rather resorted to the “expendable” story and was presented in many countries and languages ​​of the world, as well as the company’s reliance on touching “taboos” in society to reap The largest number of views and profits, not to present a real work of art added to Arab and international art.

summoned the movie The movements of some lawyers and representatives who expressed their strong rejection of the film and its content, and local media reported that a lawyer had issued a warning to the Minister of Culture, Enas Abdel Dayem, in preparation for filing a lawsuit against the Ministry of Culture and Artistic Works to stop showing the film.

accused Lawyer Ayman Mahfouz’s artwork spreads social poisons through some scenes and phrases that may afflict the morals and etiquette of society and consolidate the idea of ​​absolute sexual freedom without link or controls.

At the parliamentary level, the Dekheila, Amriya and Burj Al Arab (west of Alexandria) deputies page on the social networking site Facebook reported that Ahmed Khalil Khairallah, head of the Parliamentary Committee of the Al-Nour Party, presented an urgent statement regarding the movie “Friends and Dearest,” which endangers the Egyptian family.

The statement said – according to the page – that the film contradicts the values ​​of the Egyptian society, calling for a lawsuit to be filed by the Attorney General against the Egyptian participants in this film on charges of inciting immorality and values ​​that violate the morals of society, and demands the government to block the Netflix application from Egypt for displaying issues that contradict our religion, values ​​and morals. The Representative Professions Syndicate also called for stopping and preventing all Egyptians who participated in this shameful act.

Supporters and defenders of reality and art

On the other hand, the film and its heroes found many supporters and supporters, and Tamer Habib said in a post on his Facebook page, “Gentlemen, Karam, the viewer has the right to watch the film and admire it or reject and criticize it, and the filmmakers have the right to have absolute freedom in Submit any ideas they wish to present and discuss.

Art critic Tariq El-Shennawy defended the role of actress Mona Zaki, and said that her role in the film could not be described as “a moral failure,” explaining that “the artist cannot be counted on what he presents within any artwork.”

He ruled out, in televised statements on one of the satellite channels, that he transmitted it Al-Masry Al-Youm websiteThe aim of the artwork is to promote moral acts contrary to societal values, and stressed that the film does not promote homosexuality, as he put it.

Lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali became involved in the ongoing controversy, and said: “The film is bold and unconventional and raises issues that Arab cinema has not discussed, but it is realistic no matter how much we try to deny, silence, and ignore, and no matter how much we attack and criticize.”

He believed that the issues raised by the film are not far from many Arab homes that coexist with these social phenomena, but under the cover of silence and non-disclosure, and considered that what Mona Zaki presented in the role that she presented with all ability and artistic and human maturity is not something to be ashamed of, but she raised a cry in millions Arab families, he said.

This isn’t the first time she’s teased company Sharp criticism, whether at the Arab or even Western level, the platform faces many accusations in several societies and countries about its role in destroying values ​​and promoting immoral acts in its films and series, including the promotion of sexual abuse of children.

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