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The chick flick that's shaken up Egypt

A film about a woman in search of a sperm donor has shocked Egyptian society.
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Kareema Abd el-Moniem, an Egyptian in her 30s, decided that she did not want to marry without being in love with her future husband. After a failed engagement, she nonetheless clung to the dream of becoming a mother. She never dreamed that she would see what she was experiencing on the big screen.

One day on Facebook, Moniem came across a video of an Egyptian woman with whom she could relate. The unmarried woman, with her face concealed, was looking for a paid sperm donor so she could have a child without getting married. Moniem later discovered that the video was a promotional piece for the film “Bashtery Raggel” ("Buying a Man"), which was released in Egyptian cinemas Feb. 14, starring Nelly Kareem and Mohamed Mamdouh and directed by Mohamed Aly.

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