"678“ by Mohamed Diab, a film on sexual harassment endured by millions of Egyptian women

Regulation & Policy

“A gift to all women” wrote Christiane Taubira, French Minister of Justice. “A gripping feature film” wrote the The New Yorker. On Saturday, 25 May 2013 at 6 pm AfricAvenir will screen the Namibian Premiere of the award winning Egyptian film "678“ by Mohamed Diab, at the Goethe-Centre Windhoek.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director of Sister Namibia, Laura Sasman.

Here is the Trailer

Every time an Egyptian woman leaves her house she must make a lot of calculations. What should she wear? Are her clothes too revealing or too tight? What she is going to ride in and should she walk alone in the street or have a man accompany her? All precautions have to be considered in private in order to minimize her chances of being groped or harassed in public.

The movie “678” is a tour de force about this very subject. It offers a succinct depiction of the plight endured by millions of Egyptian women who deal with sexual harassment on daily basis in a highly misogynistic society.

With bitterness and finesse, the movie explores the psyche of a harassed woman, emphasizing the level of emotional harm inflicted on her when the privacy of her own body is violated by cold-blooded strangers. A plethora of negative emotions are explored. Torn by frustration, self-hatred and a resilient revenge impulse, she remains disoriented about how to react to such an affront in a society that still blames the victim for “failing to protect her body”.

"Everyday I ride the bus and everyday I get harassed.  How, after all that, do you want me to be rational?” With this question, Fayza Abdel Maksoud, one of the movie’s three main protagonists, hits a sensitive nerve with the majority of Egyptian women. Nearly 80 percent of Egyptian women experience public sexual harassment including explicit comments, groping, men exposing themselves and assault. Yet, less than five percent of the victims report it to the police, according to a women’s rights group.

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