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Film: "Sins of Flesh" by Khaled El Hagar


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Sins of Flesh is a drama of betrayal, passion and political upheaval. A year after the events that kicked off the Arab Spring, millions of Egyptians gathered to demand the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.  The film establishes a parallel narrative, in which an erotic and symbolic struggle for freedom plays out on a farm while the urban revolt serves as a backdrop.
Confined to a marriage of convenience, Fatma is torn between tradition and a drive to rebel against her oppressive circumstances. Her desire for renewal is ignited when an escaped convict turns up seeking shelter. The affair is extremely transgressive, especially given the rigorous religious standards that underpin Egyptian society. Much like the undemocratic political establishment, the farm’s master governs with terrifying impunity.

Sins of the Flesh, Egypt, 2016,
Director: Khaled El Hagar,
124 min

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