Mohamed Diab, film director
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Mohamed Diab on film-making challenge in Egypt

The film Eshtebak (Clash) is about co-existence and is against hysteria and division, the director Mohamed Diab has told BBC HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur.

"We are in the midst of a big division in Egyptian society - almost amounts to civil war," said Mr Diab, explaining that the first rule of any family gathering was "don't talk about politics".

He said: "Everyone is seeing the other as the enemy, dehumanise the other, this is the first step in civil war and I'm trying to dissolve that.

"I'm trying to make a film that counters that and in order to do that I have to humanise everyone and that's what provokes people the most - humanise the other," he added.

Watch more clips at HARDtalk's website.

You can see the interview in full on HARDtalk on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel on Wednesday 19 October and after on BBC iPlayer (UK only).

  • 19 Oct 2016
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