Room to Rent: Sexual dissidence in the films of Khaled El Hagar

Kholeif, Omar
September 2012
Film International (16516826);2012, Vol. 10 Issue 4/5, p68
Academic Journal
Film/Television Criticism
The article presents criticism on Egyptian film-maker Khaled El Hagar's film "Room to Rent," focusing on the film's depiction of homosexuality. Topics discussed include the concept of normalization in Arab cinema, queer elements of the film's camp and kitsch aesthetic, and censorship of El Hagar's films in Egypt. The reception of El Hagar's films "Little Dreams" and "Lust" following social and cultural revolution in Egypt in 2011 is noted.


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