CAIRO: Head of the Censorship Authority Ahmed Awaad resigned, Friday, over the controversy that erupted following the withdrawal of the film “Halawit Rouh” from theaters earlier this week.
The film reportedly depicts a sexual relationship between the protagonist Rouh (Haifa Wehbe) and a child.
Awaad resigned from his post in protest against interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab’s decision to pull the film from theaters on Wednesday evening, after a two-week run in cinemas.
In the film, Rouh’s husband is working abroad, and she lives in a slum area of Egypt with her mother-in-law and faces many troubles due to the absence of her husband.
The child depicted in the film, whose father is a pimp, is seen spying on her private daily life from a window and dedicates his life to protecting her from the men in the neighborhood.
Secretary-General of the Egyptian Coalition on Children’s Rights Hany Helal previously told The Cairo Post on Sunday the Egyptian movie Halawit Rouh represents a manifestation of the violation of children’s rights.
“Using children in cinema should be in accordance with [certain] standards,” he said. “The cinema should respect children’s rights.”
However, Mahlab’s decision provoked anger among actors over government interference. The Film Syndicate’s board members announced their condemnation of the decision on Friday, saying in a press statement that the decision contradicts the law, and the film should not be banned without a judicial order, Youm7 reported.
Moreover, a lawyer has filed a lawsuit against Wehbe over defaming Egyptian society by depicting the character of Rouh, Youm7 said.