Egyptian lawyer files complaint over Jennifer Lopez concert

Jennifer Lopez in one of her outfits on stage in El-Alamein.
Updated 14 August 2019

Egyptian lawyer files complaint over Jennifer Lopez concert

  • Jennifer Lopez wore provocative clothes inciting debauchery and immorality says complaint
  • Lopez appeared in transparent clothes, which sparked controversy all over social media

Egyptian lawyer Samir Sabry has filed a complaint with the attorney general against the organizers of a Jennifer Lopez concert held last Friday in the Mediterranean city of El-Alamein. 

The basis of the complaint is that she wore provocative clothes inciting debauchery and immorality. The lawyer, known for his morality crusades, is demanding that she be prevented from entering Egypt again.

In a statement, Sabry pointed out that Lopez appeared in transparent clothes, which sparked controversy all over social media. 

In addition, he said that the timing of the concert was not appropriate due to the terrorist incident that occurred a few days before in Cairo, which killed a number of citizens. Sabry said it was unacceptable that a number of ministers, pictured at the concert wearing all white, attended this concert just days after the incident. 

Sabry added that the concert's date coincided with the 10 days of the month of Dhu Al-Hijjah, saying: "It is unreasonable that there are people who are standing on Mount Arafat and at the same time people (are) attending a concert by a controversial artist dressed this way.”

The concert was organized by Orascom Development, a company owned by the famous Sawiris family. It was the performer’s first concert in Egypt, part of an international tour that started two months ago.

The concert was attended by more than 2,000 people, including many Egyptian artists and public figures, with tickets apparently reaching 5,000 Egyptian pounds.

In a press statement ahead of the concert, Lopez said that her son was very excited to travel to Egypt, apparently repeatedly telling her “I want to go to Egypt!” after she had promised he could come during the summer holidays. 

In a press conference, she also said “I will see you soon” in Arabic.


Cinema Akil founder brings the magic of independent movies to Dubai

Updated 18 August 2019

Cinema Akil founder brings the magic of independent movies to Dubai

  • Butheina Kazim founded Cinema Akil in 2014 as a platform for independent cinema
  • Kazim’s next goal is to expand the Cinema Akil concept from Dubai to the region

DUBAI:  Butheina Kazim has brought the magic of art-house movies to Dubai, through her project Cinema Akil.

Having worked in television, radio and film acquisitions, Butheina Kazim founded Cinema Akil in 2014 as a platform for independent cinema. For Kazim, who has also produced her own film “Letters to Palestine,” the project is about more than just watching films, it’s also for building community. 

She introduced the concept with pop-up screenings, but since last year Cinema Akil has a permanent theatre in Dubai’s art district on Al-Serkal Avenue. Step into the 133-seater theater, and you are transported to an old-school picture house.

“The permanent space allows us to release films every single night of the year. The programming is often exclusive and can’t be seen elsewhere,” said Kazim. But the pop-up format will always be part of Cinema Akil. “Our nomadic life allows us to reach different communities by bringing free public cinema to people.” 

Kazim works closely with special events such as Dubai Shopping Festival’s Market Out of the Box and Fashion Forward initiatives and has screened over 350 films across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

In summer, the cinema space’s robust line-up continues. “There’s a mythical Dubai exodus that everyone speaks of as soon as summer hits,” said Kazim. Some of Cinema Akil’s August highlights include “Straight Out of Berlin,” a series of eight films in collaboration with the Goethe Institut, which explores the many faces and tunnels of the German capital city.

There was even a “Cat Weekend” on International Cat Day earlier this month, when films that celebrate all things feline were screened.

Kazim has been encouraged by the region’s response to art cinema: “We’ve been blown away by the enthusiasm. Films we never expected to succeed, such “Cold War” by Pawel Pawlikowski and “Capernaum” by Nadine Labaki, had a wonderful response. It’s magical when that happens.”

Kazim’s next goal is to expand the Cinema Akil concept from Dubai to the region, giving cinephiles all over the Gulf a chance to enjoy independent films.