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Friday, July 12, 2013

Cairo 678

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Caito 678 is screening for one night only this Sunday at the Whitsell, though it was originally released in 2010. It is, as the name would suggest, an Egyptian film, one that specifically deals with the rampant sexual harassment that women in that part of world contend with on a daily basis. Director Mohamed Diab takes an intensely earnest approach to his subject matter, occasionally laying it on a little too thick, but for the most part this is a pretty inspiring interpretation of real life events that tactfully (yet still frighteningly) conveys both the terror and violence its characters are subjected to, and their anger and sometimes also-violent revenge.

At the center of it is Fayza (Boshra), whose daily rides on crowded city bus lines usually involve a creeper undoing his fly and groping her on the bus, the emotional toll of which is wearing on her marriage as much as her psyche. So, to be blunt, she starts stabbing the offenders in their favorite body part, causing a huge scandal and police investigation that draws national scrutiny to the issue and uncovers a whole mess of institutional and societal barriers to achieving equal rights and respect for women in the region.

Cairo 678 screens at 7, and you can read my complete review of it here.

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