This Egyptian film is boycotting Qatari cinemas this Eid

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Fans of Egyptian star Mohammad Ramadan who resides in Qatar will not have the chance to watch his new movie this Eid as it won’t be screened in the Gulf state.

The film “Gawab Eteqal” -- or Arrest Warrant in English -- will be released during next week’s holidays of Eid al-Fitr which celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

A note on the film’s trailer specifically mentioned that the film will be screened in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Iraq, Gulf countries, “expect for Qatar.”

The reason behind the boycott seems to be tied to a recent political crisis in which Egypt and three Gulf states decided to cut off ties with Qatar, citing the latter’s support for terrorist groups.

It is not clear if other Egyptian films released during Eid will also not be shown in Qatar.

Ironically, the film’s promo shows Egyptian actor Ramadan playing the role of “Khalid al-Degwy,” a man who joins a violent militant Islamist group, then goes against it when it leads to the death of his brother.

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