A good movie, you say…
I wanted to write about my place to be, but too many other things overwhelmed me…
Like the dumb conversation about “Egyptian Intelligence” and how I got carried away explaining that such thing means nothing to the average Egyptian Bora3y, or at least it shouldn’t, but it’s just used to create pseudo patriotism and make all the Bora3ys rather more focused on a common enemy instead of their daily struggle to make a half-decent living!
Yes, I resent all the movies and shows about Egyptian patriotism, especially those that made hits and deluded my generation into believing in a country that never existed! It’s the same thing over and over again; weak script made only to indulge the fake sense of superiority we feel as Arabs towards Israelis; it’s always the witty Egyptian guy against the evil and mostly dull and stupid Israeli officer!!
Filmmakers are completely incapable of realism in their work; they only seek a certain reaction from the public to get good reviews: we’re better, they’re dumb… we win, they lose – The End!! After all, who hates a “happy” ending!
It’s sad, tragic if you ask me!! My generation sat and watched all the sappy movies and shows that discuss “us” and “them”, cheaply using every ethnic complex we have, and my poor generation was deeply influenced by all that crap! I say crap because none of this BS was for a good cause; none of it explained that we need to be better people, or that we need to achieve socio-economic welfare in order to exist! Instead, such “work” only made bigots out of us, and nourished an appalling sense of ethnic superiority!!! It’s sad!!! And it’s actually ironic because now we’re building the Gaza Wall!!!!
Man, I would love to see the next patriotic piece of work à la Ra2fat El Haggan that would make the Gaza Wall look like a pure patriotic act against Israel, and make Egypt the mother country of all Arabia again!!
I walk around hearing millions of Egyptians cursing at Palestinians saying that “they’re in our country, stealing our jobs”… there might be a fraction of truth to that, but unfortunately, it holds so little integrity when all those who blabber barely do their jobs!!!
We’re such a prejudiced society, it’s always “us” vs. “them”, and there is a different them each time!! I’ve heard it all; if it’s not “el kayan el sehyoony”, it’s “the gharb beye7qed 3al kheir elly fe baladna” (bala waaaaksaaa), or it’s “el khalayga elly ma3andohomsh la 7adara wala game3at zayena” (seriously!!), and most recently “el gazayreyeen elly la 3andohom balad wala 3arfenlohom mella, yeego eh gamb door masr fel a7das el 3alameya” (sama3ny a7la salam le masr!!)
Always a different “them”, but that’s not the sad part yet… the sad part is that the “us” keeps losing its shape and substance day after day as it loses all those things that once made it special, if it ever was – I am sorry, I don’t remember living in a country with that glory you speak of!!!!
So, when you resent the “filthy rich Palestinians” for “forgetting about their cause and living their lives lavishly”, take a minute to check your mirror image and let me know how different you are from them!! I don’t see you having a cause to begin with; you’re sheep, you get your daily dose of culture through hear-say!! I know I might be exactly the same, but I don’t dare praise the so called “Egyptian Intelligence” or claim that Awlad El 3amm is a great movie because it tells the story of a real Egyptian Officer!!!!
I am all for investing in film-making, but please, if you’re incapable of realism in your work, make it fiction and spare every one the thinking since I completely understand that it’s impossible to make a movie that tells people how to be better – makansh 7ad gholob!
Oh and I barely watched the first 15 minutes of the movie due to bad resolution, the script is just lame, and I wish I had a more eloquent word to describe it, but it’s not even worth trying to find one!!!