World Bulletin / News Desk
The film’s two main characters are al-Sisi, who came to power in a 2014 election, and Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, who was ousted in a military coup -- led by al-Sisi -- in mid-2013.
While a number of critics have described the film as “propaganda” for the al-Sisi regime, actor Ahmed al-Saka, who plays the role of al-Sisi, insists the movie portrays events objectively.
“The movie covers the period from Jan. 25, 2011 until the events of June 2013, one year before al-Sisi became president,” al-Saka said on Facebook.
In early July, 2013, the army ousted Morsi following mass demonstrations against his one-year-old administration. Morsi was then arrested amid a brutal crackdown on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, of which he was a leading member.
Critics of Morsi’s ouster describe his removal as an unconstitutional military coup; supporters, meanwhile, regard it as an army-backed “revolution”.
Al-Saka, for his part, defends his decision to portray al-Sisi in the film, who, he asserts, “saved the country” by removing its first-ever civilian leader.
The film, the actor claims, tells the story of “the failed attempt by foreign parties to divide Egypt”.
Egyptian film critic Amir al-Emari describes the movie as “unprecedented” in the history of Egyptian -- or international -- cinema, “as it portrays political figures who are still politically active today”.
“This movie is largely regarded as propaganda for the current regime,” al-Emari told Anadolu Agency.
“The events it depicts are still very recent; more time is needed to study their implications,” he added.
Tarek al-Shennawi, another Egyptian movie critic, has likewise pointed out that the phase of Egyptian political history portrayed in the film “hasn’t ended yet”.
“Top Secret” was written by screenwriter Waheed Hamed, who has penned screenplays for a number of politically controversial films, including one -- “The Innocent” -- that was banned for 20 years by military censors who claimed it divulged sensitive state secrets.
Hamed also wrote the script for a television series that purportedly told the history of the Muslim Brotherhood -- a series the group has described as "distorted and biased".
“Top Secret”, which is expected to hit cinemas this summer, will be the second film to portray Egypt’s 18-day uprising, which forced autocratic President Hosni Mubarak to step down after 30 years in power.
An earlier film, “18 days”, was released on the internet in 2017 after being banned from cinemas for nearly six years.
Writers such as Hikmet Genç, Serra Karaçam and Ersoy Dede signed their books at KTP Bookstore stand.
Local court describes headscarf ban as against religious freedom
Phenomenon happens twice a year at Egypt's iconic Abu Simbel Temple
Muslim icon’s message still relevant more than half a century later as he continues to inspire, shape lives beyond the grave
Games will take place in some of the most iconic locations in Turkey, says World Air Sports Federation head
Turkish culture and tourism minister says 'we will launch new markets in the Far East'
Museum in northern Tokat city displays oldest written work in Anatolia
Many critics describe film, which is set for release this summer, as propaganda for President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi
The 67-year-old dedicates his latest album, "Three Letters from Sarajevo", to fragile religious harmony as well as to his native city, the Bosnian capital.
Successful students will be eligible to attend summer school courses in Turkish, says Yunus Emre Institute
Weah, 51, put education, job creation and infrastructure at the centre of his policy platform to beat outgoing Vice President Joseph Boakai to the presidency, and expectations are sky-high he will deliver for the country's youthful population.
Yunus Emre Institute's online portal teaches Turkish to nearly 100,000 people from 159 countries in 6 continents
Ronaldinho's brother confirms retirement of 37-year-old icon