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New Egyptian Film Depicts the Story Behind the Revolutions

Scriptwriter Wahid Hamid to Majalla: “The film will reveal secrets not known by many”

by Soha al-Sharkawy

The makers the film “Very Confidential”, whose cast includes more than 55 Egyptian stars, are filming the remaining scenes in a studio in the Giza district in West Cairo.

Ahmed el-Sakka as President Abdelfattah Al-Sisi
Despite the strict secrecy that surrounded the film throughout filming, a number of images were recently leaked on social media. The photos showed the actor Ahmed al-Sakka dressed as President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in his military uniform and the actor Ahmed Rizk as Mohamed Morsi, and his resemblance to the former President is uncanny.

The photos also revealed the role of actor Abdel Aziz Makhion, who plays Major General Mohammed al-Asar, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and the role of the actor Mohammed Ramadan, who plays a special forces officer, contrary to media reports that he would be playing role of a conscript in northern Sinai.

Among the other participating stars whose photos have not yet been published is Khaled Al-Sawy, who plays the role of deputy leader of the Brotherhood, Khairat Al-Shater, and Nabil Al-Halafawi, who plays the role of Marshal Tantawi. Ahmed Shaker Abdel Latif plays the role of former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and the role of the Supreme Guide of the Brotherhood Muhammad Badia is played by Mahmoud Himeda, while Ahmad Badir plays the role of one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. The film also features television presenter Mu’taz Al-Demerdash, prominent political figures and dozens of Egyptian artists as guests of honor. The film is written by the great Wahid Hamid and directed by Mohammed Sami.

The film, which was initially called “Days of Anger and Revolution,” is a drama which tells the story of Egypt following the 25 January revolution. It follows the events of the Tahrir Square demonstrations, the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood’s 1 year rule and the 30 January revolution, and explores how Egypt suffered during this period. The film will be released in May 2018.

Screenwriter Wahid Hamid told Majalla: “I have finished writing the entire scenario which I have been working on for a long time. The film highlights the events that have taken place in Egypt from the 25 January revolution until the 30 June revolution and has a lot of surprises including the revelation of the final hours of former President Mubarak’s rule and the demonstrations against him in Tahrir Square which forced him to leave, as well as the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists to governance, how Morsi ran the country for a year and the end of the group’s rule.”

Ahmed Rizk as former President Mohammed Morsi
As for the source material, Hamid said: “I always check the accuracy of my work, and this work is based on many sources, not just a single source. I have done good research, especially as the story discusses an important period in the history of Egypt and addresses characters who are still alive. But I emphasize that the film will reveal many secrets not known by many, and has great artistic value.”

He added: “The film includes a large group of stars from Egypt who were excited to participants. Due to health problems, I left the selection of the cast to the production company. I hope that the film’s message reaches the public.” The scriptwriter called for people to wait for the film to be released before judging it.

It is noteworthy that the scriptwriter Wahid Hamid has written many works that discuss the issue of terrorism, including “terrorism and kebabs” and “birds of darkness” and the two-part television series “Community”.

Scriptwriter Wahid Hamid
Mohammed Ramadan as a special forces officer
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