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Sunday, 24 October 2021

GERD + Feathers lead an otherwise bland night on the nation’s airwaves

Talk shows were quieter than usual last night: Ahmed Moussa’s interview with Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aty to talk GERD and Amr Adib’s phone call with Feathers director Omar El Zohairy were among the highlights.

Still no news on GERD: Egypt’s negotiations with Ethiopia to resolve the GERD dispute are still on hold until further notice, Abdel Aty told Moussa (watch, runtime: 5:35). Separately, Moussa slammed Algeria’s foreign minister, Ramtane Lamamra, for statements yesterday to RT Arabic that GERD politics are complicated and make a resolution difficult (watch, runtime: 5:44).

Omar El Zohairy, the award-winning Feathers director, meanwhile phoned into El Hekaya for his first televised statement since his decorated movie received patriotic backlash for its depiction of an impoverished family in Egypt (watch, runtime: 10:11). El Zohairy’s surrealist drama, which was awarded the Nespresso Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last summer, still took home the award for best Arab narrative film at El Gouna Film Festival despite some celebrities walking away from its screening last week.

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