Unlocking the Arab Celluloid Closet

Homosexuality in Egyptian Film

by Garay Menicucci
published in MER206

Images of same-sex love and sexual dissidence from the heterosexual norm have long been portrayed in literature, theater and cinema in the Arab world. While the explicit depiction of homosexual acts in film has been the subject of strict censorship, cinematic references to gays and lesbians abound, if often in heavily coded forms.

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