‘Moon Knight’ Director Celebrates Faithful Portrayal of Egypt in Disney Show

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The director of Marvel’s moon knight spoke of his delight at the show’s faithful portrayal of Egypt and Egyptians and spoke out against Orientalism in Hollywood.

Mohamed Diab, a screenwriter who led the production team for the upcoming Disney+ series, said his country is often portrayed inauthentically on screen, but this show provided an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the real Egypt.

“As Egyptians, we always see ourselves represented or the Middle East represented in a way that is – we call it Orientalism, when you see us as exotic and dehumanized,” Diab said. Newsweek and other press.

Diab said how delighted he was to see Egypt portrayed in an authentic way and compared some depictions of the country to the presence of London’s Big Ben in a film set in Paris, France.

Oscar Isaac stars in “Moon Knight” and Disney+ show director Mohamed Diab.
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“Just showing us as human beings, just normal human beings, through Layla [May Calamawy] character and even seeing Egypt as Egypt because 90% of the time Egypt is not Egypt,” Diab continued.

“Imagine Paris and you see Big Ben in the background. That’s how we see our country. So it’s funny, but it hurts. So that’s really what drew me to it.”

moon knightstarring Oscar Isaac, follows a mercenary suffering from dissociative identity disorder, who is drawn into a treacherous mystery involving Egyptian gods with multiple identities.

The character becomes possessed by the Egyptian moon god Khonshu and the show delves into ancient Egyptian mythology.

Later, Diab talked about how Egyptians are portrayed in the show, adding, “I’m going to talk about myself as an Egyptian. Egyptians are funny in the toughest situations. So at a funeral , we’re going to make a joke.”

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Oscar Isaac stars in “Moon Knight.”
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This week Diab criticized Wonder Woman 1984 for its portrayal of the country, claiming that Patty Jenkins’ blockbuster perpetuates “Orientalism”.

“You never see Cairo. You always see Jordan shoot for Cairo, Morocco shoot for Cairo, sometimes Spain shoot for Cairo. It really makes us angry,” Diab said. SFX magazine.

“I remember seeing Wonder Woman 1984 and there was a big streak in Egypt and it was a shame for us. You had a sheik, that makes no sense to us. Egypt looked like a country of the Middle Ages. It looked like the desert.”

Diab added to the outlet: “There was definitely room to play [in Moon Knight] but keep it as authentic as possible, in the realm of fantasy.

“Even in the original comics, they did a great job of researching and trying to make Egypt look authentic.”

Moon Knight will begin streaming on Disney+ on March 30.

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