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Egypt's political crisis has an impact on country's film industry

Egypt’s film industry has been around since the late 1800’s, producing films not just for an Egyptian audience but for countries throughout the Arab world. Egypt has even been called the "Hollywood of the East." In many ways Egyptian films have reflected the country’s political reality, whether you’re looking at the 1930’s and issues of censorship or films produced in the post-colonial years. But the Egyptian revolution has had an impact on the industry. Censorship increased under the Morsi government and these days movie theaters are deserted because of a lack of security. Film contributor Milos Stehlik and Jay Weissberg, the Rome-based critic for Variety, join us to discuss the state of Egyptian cinema. (Photo from "1/2 Revolution," directed by Karim El Hakim).

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