Egyptian film faces backlash over poverty portrayal

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Seems like the Egyptian film, Reesh, definitely ruffled some feathers after it was premiered at the fifth edition of the El Gouna Film Festival on the Red Sea coast this month. The[award-winning ](film, which translates to Feathers, stirred up a heated debate in the country for portraying an impoverished local family, despite this being a stark reality for many. Pro-regime media outlets and social media users denounced the film crew for presenting the ‘ugly’ part of Egypt, while a number of Egyptian celebrities angrily walked out of the film’s premiere. So what caused such a negative response…

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