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The reactionaries in our country – and how many of them and their heaviest blood – want us to think that the Nasserite era was the era of cultural drought. Well, let’s review the log. Lies fill the screens. They rumored (in the series “Sabah” produced by “Sabah Brothers” in Lebanon and broadcast on the “Future” screen) that Sabah was banned from visiting Egypt during the Nasser era. This is of course a lie. She used to visit Egypt frequently in the 1960s and before. We used to visit Egypt in the 1960s (and I was a kid) and I had the best memories. In art: cinema and dance (of all kinds, including the “Rida Troupe for Folklore”) were in good shape. The best Egyptian films were in that era, and the movie “Miramar” dared to criticize the political after the setback (we watched it in Egypt at the time). Cairo was bustling with plays and performances, and singing was in its golden age. All writers and artists who satirized Abdel Nasser in the era of Sadat and Mubarak (such as Faten Hamama, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Anis Mansour – especially Anis Mansour – and Tawfiq Al-Hakim and Naguib Mahfouz) were created in the era of Abdel Nasser, not in the era of his predecessors, and they all praised Abdel Nasser . Art, culture and media were not after Nasser as they were in his time. Sadat’s Era: What do we remember from his art? The lies of the movie “Al-Karnak” or the series of lies of Mustafa Amin (“The First Year in Prison” and the Hundred Years of Prison, which is inspired by American films) or the movie “We are on the bus” (Hanna Batatu told us that the Egyptian audience was applauding the scene of Abdel Nasser’s appearance in a film that was being prepared To incite against Abdel Nasser and his time). Omar Sharif, who was making fun of Abdel Nasser, would not have heard of him had it not been for his release in the Nasser era. Artists in Egypt are generally weak-minded: they are fascinated by every ruler who comes to them. Adel Imam is the worst in existence: He sees good qualities in every ruler who has passed, even if these people represent contradictory beliefs and principles. Sadat loved art and artists because he was a clown par excellence. It was Abdel Nasser who invented the tribute to art and artists, but any reference to Abdel Nasser’s accomplishments is met with disapproval.

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