New Egyptian short film, ‘The Mirror‘, is causing quite a stir. With the Oscar nomination for ‘The Square’ – and its banned status in Egypt – still very fresh in people’s minds, it seems that controversy is the new black.
Starring May Selim in the lead role, the film tells the story of a young girl whose rape at the age of 14 goes on to shape her life as she and her family try to cope with it. During its short running time, the film is said to touch on a number of different issues, all relevant to the Egypt of 2014; the misappropriation of Islam, the shallow aesthetics of religion and the way in which women have systematically come to be treated as second class citizens.
This won't be the first or last time that religion and sexuality will be touched on by Egyptian filmmakers, but the cynic in me can't help but wince at what the result might me; Egyptian film has the subtlety of a hand grenade.
But whatever the case might me, it's incredibly encouraging to see local filmmakers, writers, artists and musicians addressing what are still treated as taboo subjects. Writer Amad Buhayri and director Ahmad Tharwat are said to be entering the film into several international festivals.
You can find out more info on the film's official Facebook page.