« I learned it from our film distributer in Egypt. At first her assistant told us that the Egyptian authorities have asked for a series of cuts, and after watching the film they announced, officially, that they would ban it completely, « says the filmmaker to HuffPost Morocco. A decision that the director calls « surrealist ».
According to Middle East Eye, the authorities have banned the film because they accuse it of « encouraging revolution » and « arousing the sympathy and compassion of the spectators for a Jewish character ».
In this context, Nabil Ayouch declares more and more solidarity with his Egyptian colleagues. « This is the first time that I have a concern with the Egyptian authorities, but I have Egyptian colleagues who live this year-round and with whom I feel even more solidarity today, » he declared to HuffPost Morocco.
It’s not the first time that the French-Moroccan director has had to deal with censorship, as the Moroccan government banned his controversial film “Much Loved” in Moroccan cinemas in 2015.
“Razzia” is set in Ouarzazate, the Atlas Mountains, and Casablanca, and is composed of five stories, which span the 1980s to the present day.