Rabat - Egyptian actor, Khaled Al Sawi’s portrayal of a Moroccan sorcerer in the Ramadan serial drama "Tufahat Adam" (Adam's Apple) has offended Moroccans through its portrayal of Morocco as a country of sorcery and its mockery of the Moroccan Amazigh people.
Rabat – Egyptian actor, Khaled Al Sawi’s portrayal of a Moroccan sorcerer in the Ramadan serial drama “Tufahat Adam” (Adam’s Apple) has offended Moroccans through its portrayal of Morocco as a country of sorcery and its mockery of the Moroccan Amazigh people.
Khaled Al Sawi, playing opposite Egyptian actress Hanan Suleiman _ who plays the role of Sheikha Sabah _ agreed on her plan to impersonate a sorcerer from Morocco, in order to trick Egyptians by virtue of his supernatural powers of sorcery.
In the 22nd minute of the 13th episode, Sheikha Sabah says,“The sorcerer is named Sheikh Radwan. He lived in a total solitude, worshiping at the Moroccan Atlas Mountains for 10 years.”
In the same scene, Sheikha Sabah describes Moroccan Amazighs as “Berber people who believe in myths.”
“Once upon a time, Berber people accused sheikh Radwan of practicing sorcery on one of their daughters. Therefore they killed the Sheikh and claimed that he had been taken up to heaven and will return,” Sheikha Sabah added.
When the 13th episode went viral on social media, Moroccans expressed their anger, stressing that the series mocks Moroccans and portrays Morocco as a country of sorcery and superstition.
They have called upon the Moroccan Ministry of Culture to stop inviting Egyptian artists to Moroccan film festivals.
Adam’s Apple is not the only Arab film to have offended Moroccans in recent years. In 2010, the Kuwaiti Ramadan drama Abou Katada and Abou Nabil portrayed Moroccans using sorcery witchcraft to seduce and lure Kuwaiti youngsters to marry them.