Egypt’s cognitive dissonance: Feathers and El Gouna festival

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Egypt’s artists have long complained about those they consider narrow-minded extremists seeking to impose strict controls over their freedom of expression through art. Major production companies have even exploited this tired and often exaggerated issue producing commercial films that show the backwardness of these so-called “enemies of art, freedom, and creativity”, and their ignorance of the meaning of art and its highest function – to express the reality of life in all its harshness and with all its difficulties, however shocking these may be. Realism in Egypt’s rich cinematic history Examp…

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