Elham Chahine’s latest movie “Wahad/Sefer” (One/Nil) has caused endless commotion and controversy in Egypt recently; mainly because the movie covers a rather sensitive subject, one which showcases the difficulty that divorced Coptic women face in order to receive a marriage license from the church.
Coptic Lawyer Nabil Gabriel has accused Ilham Chahine of offending Christian beliefs and has issued her with a court order along with 7 other lawyers, demanding that the film be banned from screening as it has desecrated the sacrament of marriage.
On the other hand, Chahine stated that the lawyer is after fame: “He should stop pursuing actors and artists” she said. She claimed that she is scared for her life.
She also wondered about the reason behind the lawyer’s accusation, as the movie is not out yet and stressed that Wahad/Sifir calls for love. She refused the intervention of any control besides the official censorship because it restrains the freedom of creativity.
Screenwriter Mariam Naoum indicated that Wahad/Sifir does offend Christianity, however it depicts the story of a divorced Christian woman who was denied the right to remarry and was refused a marriage license from the church.
Wahad/Sifir stars Ilham Chahine and Ahmed Al Fishawi, and directed by Kamila Abou Zakri.
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