No Joke: Egyptian Comedy Promotes Peace with Israel
By MICHAEL SLACKMAN
By Michael Slackman
CAIRO - Egyptian movie audiences are not accustomed to laughing about the Arab conflict with Israel, or to seeing Israeli diplomats portrayed as regular folks living next door.
But in Egypt's box office hit, "The Embassy Is in the Building," the director, Amro Arafa, uses comedy to try to get Egyptian audiences to consider a most serious point: that peace with Israel is in Egypt's own interest.