Egyptian drama under criticism after “atrocities”
A debate on his responsibility … and calls for a social “case study”
Tuesday – 22 Dhul Qi’dah 1443 AH – 21 June 2022 AD
A scene from the series “Ayoub”
Cairo: Abdel Fattah Farag
The assassination of an Egyptian student by her colleague, in front of the gates of Mansoura University (Delta Egypt), the day before yesterday, sparked a wave of anger and widespread controversy in Egypt, and amid that hard wave in the field of communication, is the Egyptian drama subject to remarkable criticism and accusations of “promoting violence and bullying”, which led to a debate between a group of supporters of this theory and others who oppose it, amid calls for the need for social and criminal use. research to limit the spread of crime in this way in Egypt.
Egypt has recently seen killings described as “very heinous” in a number of governorates, some of which have caused a stir in Egyptian public opinion, such as the Mansoura University incident, the massacre of a mother of her three children in Dakahlia governor (Delta Egypt) before his suicide attempt, and the massacre of a person In Sharkia governor, his brother was killed, and a young man killed his wife and father and wounded 3 others in Qena governor (South Egypt).
Some Egyptian series have sparked widespread controversy over the past few years due to some of their violent scenes, including the series “Deviation” starring artist Rogina. In it, he demanded that action be taken against the series because “Hear”, personified by Rogina, killed her husband, businessman “Talaat Al-Daqqaq” (Mohamed Lotfi), in a manner described as “horrific”.
Rogina responded to the criticism campaign, saying: “The series is real stories from the Egyptian case files, and not from the author’s imagination, as it talks about the deviation of behavior, and that moment that any normal person can experience when sitting under certain pressure. “
In 2018, the scene of the murder of “Hassan Al-Wahsh”, also embodied by actor Muhammad Lotfi, caused a sensation in Egypt during the events of the series “Ayoub” in the Ramadan drama season, where ” The Beast “was killed by his two wives after his release from prison, and the scene included an agreement. His two wives drugged him while he was eating with them, then they hid his breath while he slept in his room until he died, and got rid of his body by drowning it in a solution, he analyzed it completely in the bath, as only the skeleton remained, and many at the time described the scene as “very ugly and shocking”.
Egyptian art critic Mohamed Refaat supports the view that the drama bears most of the responsibility for committing the crimes, and tells Asharq Al-Awsat: “The scenes of the movie (Ibrahim Al-Abyad) were imitated during the events of the January 25, 2011 revolution and what then, in addition to many children imitating some scenes that contain manifestations of violence. ”
Refaat pointed to “the Egyptian drama that mimics some scenes of American murder and chase, without a realistic justification.” He points out that “the most dangerous part of this comparison is the promotion of hard feelings and emotions,” given that “dramatic acts over the past few years have fueled corruption and violence.”
Refaat quotes the messages and themes of Egyptian art over the past decades and says: “While theater presented elitist themes, filmmaking was relatively brave in its handling of social and political issues, and television series revolved around social drama such as love, divorce and marriage. turned. , before things finally changed and became soap operas The first source of violence in Egypt, after the state withdrew from the production of works of art and left the arena for private production only concerned with sensational issues at the expense of values and purpose messages.
However, Dr Sawsan Fayed, Professor of Sociology at the National Center for Criminal and Social Research, considered Egyptian drama to be a contributing factor in the spread of crime in the country, and had mental illness and addiction in all its forms, especially synthetic drugs, consider. one of the main factors for the occurrence of these crimes.
Fayed added to Asharq Al-Awsat: “Many Egyptians treat mental illness very badly and reach the point of stigma. We know how we did it, and they go into tears.”
Fayed calls on the Egyptian authorities to take advantage of the recommendations of sociology researchers and says: “If the Egyptian government is serious about combating the increase in crime rates on the streets, it should use the expertise of sociologists and benefit draws on their research related to this issue, in addition to launching a new strategy to reduce the incidence of these crimes. ” crimes, in addition to strengthening the role of the media and religious institutions.
On top of that, filmmakers refused to blame the drama for the increase in crime figures, and Egyptian screenwriter Ayman Salama said through his Facebook account: “Crime is an old human act committed by a person when she desires clash with the presence of others, so he decides to end the life of the other to achieve his desire, not art. Or economic conditions are the reason. ” He added that “extremist groups, for example, do not see works of art, but they are slaughtered and killed, and wars are waged between countries, not because of films or series.”
Salameh stressed, “not to place the responsibility for crimes on (the art hanger), and the need to confront the crisis with swift, intimidating sentences.”