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Cairo 678

Mohamed Diab

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Festival year: 2012

Box-office hit from Egypt just before the 2011 revolution. Three women decide to no longer put up with pawing and sexual humiliations. When one of them is yet again the victim of groping in a crowded bus, she stabs the offender in the groin. Stand-up comedian Nelly does not take the law in her own hands, but files the first sexual harassment lawsuit in Egyptian history.

Synopsis

This daring film debut by director Mohamed Diab (one of the leaders of the 2011 Egyptian revolution) reveals the taboo on sexual harassment in the Egyptian society. Four out of five Egyptian women say they have been sexually intimidated. It is high time for another revolution. Fayza – interpreted by popular Egyptian pop star and actress Bushra – stabs the bus groper in the groin with her hair-clip. Seba, an attractive jewel designer, decides to organise a self-defense class for women after being indecently assaulted during a soccer match. Stand-up comedian Nelly brings her assailant to court after being attacked in the street, which gives rise to the first sexual assault trial ever to take place in Egypt.

Caïro 678 is based on facts. Diab currently hosts a weekly political discussion program on Egyptian television.

Credits

Egypt 2010, 100 min.

Fiction,

Spoken language: Arabic

Subtitles: English

Official website: http://www.themovie678.com

Productions:

New Century Production

centuryprod@link.net

+202 37627190

www.newcentury.me

Dutch distribution:

Alternative Films S.A.

af@alternative.-films.be; alternative@alternative-films.be

+3222421930

World sales:

Fortissimo Films

info@fortissimo.nl

+31 20 627 32 15

www.fortissimofilms.com

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The screening on March 24th is sold out.

When & where?

  • Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 15:00

    Theater aan het Spui 2, The Hague

  • Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 19:00

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 3

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 21:00

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 4

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Human rights
women & gender
domestic violence
rape
sexual and reproductive issues
courts & tribunals, transitional justice
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