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Mohamed ElBaradei

The former head of the UN nuclear watchdog is considering running for president in Egypt. But how is the popular ElBaradei linked to the First Lady of Syria (via one of Egypt’s most outspoken MPs)?

March 24, 2010 2:05 by

Marwan Hamed

Marwan Hamed’s blockbuster adaptation of The Yacoubian Building featured some of Egypt’s biggest stars, in a ground-breaking film that portrayed issues rarely dealt with in Arab cinema, such as sexual harassment, political corruption, police brutality, terrorism, and homosexuality.

Roundly criticized for defaming Egyptian society and promoting debauchery, the film’s director Marwan Hamed told the BBC World Service: “It was a thin line between trying to be daring and pushing away the audience. The idea of film-making is to make a film that makes people think – so the film is doing its purpose, and I’m very happy about that.”

Egyptian MP’s were swift to call for censorship of the film’s more provocative and controversial scenes. One of its biggest critics was the outspoken MP…


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