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Bleak Ramadan TV season depresses Egyptian viewers

What is traditionally a light-hearted roster of Ramadan entertainment featured heavy themes of death, revenge and tragedy this year.

CAIRO — Those who assume Egyptians spend their Ramadan evenings with light television entertainment may revise their thinking after the 2019 season. Many Egyptian TV series this May feature a protagonist carrying the dead body of a loved one or a shroud-wrapped comrade being lowered into a grave.

This tragic death scene is repeated in three different Ramadan series — "Abu Gabal," "Hadotet Morra" (“A Bitter Story) and "Qamar Hadi" (“Hadi's Moon”) — in more or less the same setup of tragic faces and white shrouds. For seasoned watchers of Egypt’s Ramadan TV series, the scene was a throwback to 2017's "Zel Al-Raees" (“The President’s Shadow”), a tale of political power, corruption and assassination.  

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