How “Shnit Festival” can work with the egyptian gay hunter Mona Iraqi ?

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Le festival international de courts métrages « Shnit » explique sur sa page d’accueil qu’il a « une fière et longue histoire de soutien pour les films, les cinéastes et les public de toutes orientations sexuelles, de toutes les races, de tous les modes de vie, partout dans le monde. Nous croyons fermement en la liberté des modes de vie et en la liberté d’expression. C’est une ligne que notre festival réaffirme depuis son origine et qu’il continuera à réaffirmer. »

Pourtant j’ai été alerté par plusieurs blogueurs égyptiens que son extension égyptienne « The ‘Cairo playground’ » est sous la direction de Mona Iraqi … oui « cette » Mona Iraqi, Celle qui dénonce les homosexuels et leurs lieux de rencontre à la police égyptienne. Celle qui filme les arrestations et prend des photos des visages de ces pauvres garçons avant de les jeter en pâture à la vindicte populaire dans son émission de télévision et sur les réseaux sociaux… Celle qui dit, je cite : « Aujourd’hui est une belle journée… notre émission a pu dissoudre un lieu de perversion entre hommes et les capturer en flagrant délit… Mon dieu la réussite est belle et atteindre ses buts est encore mieux… »

Ou encore « nous vous révélerons les détails à propos des nids de perversion collectifs au cœur de la capitale… ainsi que toute l’histoire de ces nids à sida. »… Comment cette personne peut elle diriger ou même participer à l’organisation de votre festival qui se veut ouvert à toutes les cultures et toutes les orientations sexuelles ? Comment est-il possible que vous puissiez encore collaborer avec cette femme et sa vision haineuse et destructrice du monde ?

Au nom de la défense des droits de l’homme, du respect pour les victimes de l’homophobie partout dans le monde et particulièrement en Egypte, au nom des victimes de Mona Iraqi et de ses pratiques honteuses, nous vous demandons de réaffirmer les principes qui guident votre organisation et votre festival en condamnant publiquement Mona Iraqi et en cessant immédiatement votre collaboration avec elle.

Mona Iraqi entrain de photographier le résultat de sa guerre anti gays
Mona Iraqi entrain de photographier le résultat de sa guerre anti gays

Shnit International Shortfilmfestival says on its home page that it “has a proud, long-standing history of support and inclusion of films, filmmakers and audiences of all sexual orientation, from all races and walks of life, in every corner of the world. We believe strongly in freedom of lifestyle and of expression. This is a standard that our festival have upheld since the beginning of existence, and will continue to do so.”

But I’ve been alerted by several Egyptian bloggers that its Egyptian extension ” The ‘ Cairo playground’ ‘is directed by Mona Iraqi … yes ” the ” Mona Iraqi”, the one that reported homosexuals and their meeting places to the Egyptian police. The one who records theyr arrests and takes pictures of the faces of those poor boys before publishing it in his TV show and on social networks … The one that says , I quote: “Today is a beautiful day … our show dissolved a place of perversion for men and catch them in the act … My God is beautiful and successful fulfillment of its purposes is even better … “

Or ” we ‘ll reveal details about collective perversion of nests in the heart of the capital … and the history of these nests AIDS. ” … How can this person lead or even participate to the organization of your festival that wants to be open to all cultures and all sexual orientations ? How is it possible that you can still work with this woman and her hateful and destructive worldview?

In the name of human rights, respect for the victims of homophobia around the world, especially in Egypt , on behalf of the victims of Mona Iraqi and its shameful practices , we ask you to reaffirm the principles that guide your organization and festival in publicly condemning Mona Iraqi and immediately ceasing your work with her.

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23.12.2014 10:00

As of its annual Council meeting on December 22th in Bern, the Board of Trustees of the shnit FOUNDATION, in accordance with Festival Director, has decided to exclute Mona Iraqi from the shnit International Shortfilmfestival immediately. shnit International Shortfilmfestival completely distance from and condemn the practices – professional and ethical – employed by Mona Iraqi as a TV reporter in the events of December 7th in Cairo. These practices are at utter odds with the principles of the shnit International Shortfilmfestival.

The Board of Trustees believes it is of great importance, however, to continue the shnit PLAYGROUND in Cairo, under new management and in line with the values of respect, tolerance and artistic expressionwithout prejudice for which shnit has always stood. Commitment to these principles is a foundation of each and every PLAYGROUND and shnit’s management team around the world.

We thank again those who brought the issue to our attention, and to those who allowed us the due process to make an informed and considered decision.

5 thoughts on “How “Shnit Festival” can work with the egyptian gay hunter Mona Iraqi ?

  1. Personal statement from Mona Iraqi: “Personally, LGBT is not a issue at all, my story (for El-Mestakhabi) is about sex trafficking in a public place, which is prohibited by Egyptian law.”

  2. While researching for the program «El-Mestakhabi» of the channel «Al Kahera Wal Nas», the film team and TV presenter Mona Iraqi came into contact with sources denouncing sex trafficking activities (sex trade for money) in certain public venues in downtown Cairo. These claims were confirmed during filming and preparations for the new episode «El Mostakbai». Before the show was broadcasted, the sources chose to inform and report the crime to the respective authorities. In compliance to the law, an investigation of the public Ramsis bathhouse was ordered. The police closed the venue in the presence of the film team and TV presenter Mona Iraqi on Sunday December 7. The scene was documented first and foremost as a witness for the public and to ensure the police act in accordance with the humanitarian standards.

    The first of the three episode has already been aired. The entire story iwill be told in El-Mestakhabi’s coming episodes.

  3. Thanks. This is really shitty, or shnitty–outrageous. We must protest in some way @itsgoodtobeback @bossito @_amroali

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