Official sources at the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), which launched on 27 November 2012, said that the Syrian film ‘El Asheq’ (The Lover) was disqualified from the festival’s competition because of the lead actor’s and director’s support for Syria’s current ruler Bashar El-Assad.
Syrian film director Abdul Hamid’s ‘El Asheq’ was supposed to had competed in the Human Rights Film category. With its disqualification, only one film – by director Hala Abdullah – remains in the contest.
Albawaba / SyndiGate.info – 27 November 2012:
Syrian director banned from Cairo Film Fest over support for Assad
Ahram Online – 26 November 2012:
Cairo Film Festival disqualifies Syrian film over director’s support of Assad
Prior to its launch on Tuesday 27 November, Cairo Film Festival CIFF has disqualified the Syrian film Al Asheq from its Human Rights category competition