The Arabic remake of perfect strangers of Netflix, starring Lebanese actors Adel Karam and Diamand Bou Abboud, has sparked outrage in Egypt, as it contains homosexuality, adultery and premarital sex scenes.
The movie is about a group of friends meeting for dinner and deciding to make the night more interesting by agreeing to share every text message, email and phone call received with the rest of the group.
As events unfold, the game reveals shocking truths about members of the group as it touches on topics from adultery and premarital sex to homosexuality, all widely considered taboos in Egypt.
The film, which was released on January 20, immediately shot up to the most-watched list in Egypt. Online, many slammed celebrated Egyptian actress Mona Zaki, who took part in what they dubbed a “disgraceful” movie.
While homosexuality is not expressly outlawed in Egypt, it is often punished under loosely worded laws prohibiting “debauchery”.