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First Egyptian Film about Homosexuality Hits DIFF's Dubai Film Market

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by Sydney Levine
December 9, 2013 3:30 PM
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Family Secrets

Making history and causing controversy, Egyptian Director Hany Fawzy will present his film Family Secrets, a film that deals with homosexuality, at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival.MAD Solutions company is in charge of the film's marketing and distribution campaigns on both regional and international levels.

Family Secrets is Hany Fawzy's feature directorial debut, who is best known for scripting several cinema hits including Osama Fawzy's Baheb El Cima (I Love Cinema),and Ard El Ahlam (Land of Dreams) by Daoud Abdel Sayed.

The new feature is still experiencing censorship restrictions in Egypt as the head of censorship has ordered the cut of no less than 13 scenes, which was rejected by both the director and Al Amal Film Production, which has produced the film.

Dubai Film Market (DFM) is the business center of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Located in the heart of the festival headquarters, the market is the destination to discover the best in Arab cinema and has established a number of pioneering initiatives to showcase and support Arab film-makers.

Hany Fawzy's Family Secerts is written by Mohamed Abdel Qader, andis the first production by Ihab Khalil's Al Amal FilmProduction.

Based on a true story, the film revolves around a young gay man and the struggles he faces with his family and community over the issue of his sexuality.

Family Secrets stars the new talent Mohamed Mahran, prolific actress Salwa Mohamed Ali,Tarek Soliman, Passant Shawki,Emad Al Raheb, and Ahmed Abd El Wahab.


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