“If anyone lays his hand on me, I’ll cut it off,” starts the trailer for Cairo 678, a film that seems very timely and yet, very late. Follow the lives of three Cairene women who experience and finally confront sexual harassment — and frankly, assault – in their daily lives and how these real-life-based incidents led to Egypt’s first anti-harassment legislation. Directed by Mohamed Diab, the film balances a universal concerns that become mired in the dynamics of traditional gender oppression and social change.

MoMA rolls out their screening schedule for Global Lens 2013 (Jan 10 – Jan 25) highlighting recent films making their North American debut from the developing film communities of Iran, Serbia, Chile, Kazakhstan, Iraq and more.

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