A short 45-minute film by young director Ezz El-Din Dowidar, a Muslim Brotherhood member, did not reach the screen of the Sayed Darwish Hall in Giza's Haram district on Friday.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood issued a statement on 16 March, saying "In an absurd act of blatant discrimination, the Academy of Arts prevents showing a movie perceived as a ‘Brotherhood production’ in any movie theatre in Egypt," according to the Ikhwan Web, the Muslim Brotherhood's official English news website.
According to Ayman El-Shimi, current director of the Sayed Darwish Hall, the independent theatre does not fall under the management of the Academy of Arts. "We were approached by the organisers of what we were told was a Talents Event and we approved the event to take place," El-Shimi told Ahram Online. "Depending on the event's content, it's the organisers' responsibility to provide all formal permissions, something we communicated to the person renting the hall."