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The Campaign Gets Censored in Egypt

Religious References Were Removed

It's debatable whether it makes sense to show the American comedy The Campaign in Egyptian cinemas. The film deals with two businessmen that compete for a seat in the US congress and surely doesn't serve as a lesson about democracy. Even more so if one doesn't live in a democratic system and isn't familiar with the US' special definition of it, which makes the ironic discourse of this film hardly comprehensible. But maybe there are just many Ferrell fans in Egypt.

According to the site Bikyamasr, the film has been censored and now omits all religious references (mostly Christian since it's an American film). For example, the film normally begins with the words "Amerca. Jesus. Freedom." while the Egyptian version only translates "America. Freedom.". Later on, when Ferrell's character fails while reciting the Lord's Prayer, the Egyptian translation just stays mute.

A coptic christ and filmmaker from Egypt says:

“This is normal. They censor all of this regularly because they believe it will offend and is an attack on religion, no matter what the context.”


The Campaign is currently running in cinemas and will get an Extended Cut in the US on October 30th, 2012.

Release: Oct 09, 2012 - Author: Bob - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: Bikyamasr

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