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A soap opera with no women

In Egypt, the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, characterized by fasting, is also a time for…tv watching?
During the monthlong observance, Egyptian viewers devour soap operas, many of which are specially made for the period. But one new miniseries, Coffee Shop, has set off alarm bells, since it is being made with an entirely male cast and crew. Liberal Egyptians worry that the show reflects a rise in conservatism, but the show's creators say that most soap operas are oversexualized, and their creation displays a creativity and commitment to values that will help society.  Yara Goubran, an Egyptian actress, sides with concerned progressives.  “An all-male show can't be reflective of society if it doesn't have any women," she says.

Read it at the Guardian

June 25, 2013 3:33 PM