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‘Veiled threats’ from Egypt’s nightclub owners
Alarmed at the country’s growing religious tilt, some businesses in Cairo are creating ‘hijab-free’ zones to attract a different clientele, reports Trends.
January 17, 2010 3:34 by Ashraf Khalil
In a 2003 interview, the movie’s director, Hani Khalifa, told me he had “no goal except to be real.” Gesturing over his shoulder in a crowded café in the upscale district of Zamalek, he said: “You see the young woman sitting behind me? She’s veiled, and she’s sitting in a coffee shop holding hands with a guy and it’s normal and it’s real. The people want reality. They want stories, and they want to laugh and cry and be scared. But they want it to be real.”
Despite the film’s success, it didn’t really lead to a wave of similar portrayals. But there has been a slow trickle of nuanced muhajjaba roles.
The recent film “1-0″ featured a young veiled nurse, who disapproves of her sister sleeping her way into the music business and who embarks on a disastrous flirtation with a young man.
Katatney said she remains mystified by the strong reactions on both sides of the issue to something she regards as a simple personal lifestyle choice.
“It’s just a piece of fabric,” she said, “but you might as well have put a mountain on your back for all the baggage and perceptions that come with it.”