A picture taken on March 20, 2018 shows a poster supporting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hanging in a street in the city of Sohag, south of the capital Cairo. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI
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In a surreal scene from the 2001 film "Vanilla Sky," Tom Cruise runs through a deserted Times Square before screaming in despair. In a satirical version widely shared in Egypt, the square is filled with campaign billboards for President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.Open your eyes anywhere in Egypt these days, and you'll see billboards, banners and posters hailing the general-turned-president, who will stand for re-election next week against a little-known politician who has made no effort to challenge him.A still photo cropped from the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic" shows Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet seated on the doomed ship's deck with a Sisi banner in the background.Imad Hussein, the pro-government editor of the independent Al-Shorouk daily, says the proliferation of banners in support of Sisi is part of Egyptian culture.There's the one about the voter who can't decide between the two candidates -- Sisi looking to his left or Sisi looking to his right.
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