Bachelor Thesis Spring 2011

ID: 13-3298

E-mail: norakahil@gmail.com

Cinematic Censorship in Egypt

“The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion. In the long run it will create a generation incapable of appreciating the difference between independence of thought and subservience” -Henry Steele Commager

First Supervisor: Magdalena Kallenberger

Second Supervisor: Suzy Joseph

  1. Abstract
  2. Outline
  3. Methodology
  4. Research Process
  5. Conclusion
  6. Future Recommendation

ABSTRACT Egyptian censors give the government the power to ban or cut just about anything it finds contradicting for any reason, and much of the law refers to taboos, violence, religions and politics. This thesis will mainly focus on the routinely cutting of the scenes in Egypt, which leads of losing the sequence of the story or manipulating the idea of the movie. In addition, on the Egyptian censorship rating system, which sometimes declares that the film is “for adults only,” but this system was largely not followed for years. After, the Egyptian revolution (25th of January 2011) the regime and the government are changing for the better and it’s time to review and ameliorate the concept of the censorship in Egypt and to give the spectators the freedom to choose the material they want to watch according to the age-rating system used in most countries. Moreover, this thesis will be addressed to the filmmakers who call for their own rights in expressing their ideas without being corrupted as long as they match our culture. As well, it will be addressed to the spectators, as they’ll help in respecting the system.

  Key words:  censors, age-rating system, egyptian cinema.


  • Abstract
  • Introduction:
    • Definition of Censor
    • Types of film Censor
    • Egyptian film history and censorship
    • Purpose of the research
  • Body:
    • The history of film censorship in Egypt
    • The effect of censors on films
    • Movies’ effect on youth:
      • Taboo
      • Violence
    • Review the American Age-rating system applied on films
    • Propose an Egyptian age-rating system in Egyptian
    • Documentary Findings: People's opinions
  • Conclusion:
    • The importance of freedom of thoughts
    • The importance of applying an age-rating system to the films
  • References