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The new Egyptian movie Sahar al-Layali has turned Cairo into a city full of Joel Siegels—most giving breathless raves to this four-couple relationship picture that deals with adultery, sexual dysfunction and other controversial topics. At the Beirut Daily Star, Chuck Freund considers how the film's frankness strikes a chord with Egyptians, and why audiences' eager reception of the movie shunts the country's critical and moral authority figures to the side. (For a synopsis and some rave reviews, try here and here.)

The Daily Star has become the Middle East redoubt for Reason writers. Chuck appears in its pages frequently, Michael Young is a regular columnist and was recently named opinion page editor, and I appear there whenever my schedule as Reason's sous-chef allows. The paper is always worth checking out, for local Middle East news and stories that get little or no attention here.

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  1. So, a film strives to show that we are, all of us, regardless of nationality, struggling with the same problems as everyone else. Let’s all join hands and sing, shall we?

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