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Islamists bring shooting of Egyptian TV series to halt

CAIRO: Islamist students halted the filming of an Egyptian television series at Cairo’s Ain Shams University protesting against the “indecent” clothing of the actresses, the production company said Thursday.Misr International films had obtained permission from the university’s management to film on site, the head of the company, Gaby Khoury, told AFP.

But “when the shooting started, the director of the engineering faculty, Sherif Hammad, came to tell us that some students and teachers were against it, because of the clothing worn by the actresses,” he said.

The series, adapted from the novel “Dhat” by Egyptian author Sonallah Ibrahim, takes place in the 1970s, “when women wore short clothing.”

Khoury added that Hammad had “insisted that filming stops and that we would be reimbursed ... explaining that he was not able to guarantee the protection of the materials or the artists.”

In a statement Wednesday evening, the production company said “the student members of the Muslim Brotherhood at Ain Shams University had prevented the film crew from the ‘Dhat’ television series from shooting the scenes set at the university.”

The students had objected to the “indecent” clothing, it said, and “categorically refused” to let the filming continue unless the wardrobe was changed.

Islamists have won more than two-thirds of the seats in the recent parliamentary elections.

Earlier this month, the Arab world’s most famous actor, Adel Imam, was sentenced to three months in jail for “defaming Islam” in several roles on stage and screen.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 11, 2012, on page 15.
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