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Egyptian Actress Yousra Says Breaking Taboos

Egyptian Actress Yousra Says Breaking Taboos Is Necessary

Egyptian icon Yousra said that she’s had enough of people simply talking about taboos while at the Variety Studio at the Dubai International Film Festival.

“You must break taboos,” she said. “It’s enough — not talking about taboos.” Referring to her 2007 role as one of three women who were raped on Egyptian series “Kadeyet Ray Aam,” which was broadcast during Ramadan, she explained, “When I made the rape episodes…in the first week, I remember everybody was against it, every single person was against it. On the third day, the end of Ramadan, everyone was clapping and it took the biggest viewership ever.”

“We changed laws. After this episode, the law has been changed for rapists. It’s not that he goes into jail for a month or two, and he goes back again to do it again, he is very much punished about that. So we changed laws — you can change your life through cinema and television.”

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