“Two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn makes surprise appearance at today’s Tahrir Square protest”
Ahram Online, Friday 30 Sep 2011
US film star and Oscar winner Sean Penn has joined today’s demonstration in Tahrir Square, staged to protest recent unpopular moves by Egypt’s ruling military council.
“The world is inspired by the call for freedom by the courageous revolution of Egypt,” Penn, waving an Egyptian flag, told Ahram Online from the square. “There are still struggles forward, there are constitutional issues, there [needs to be] a transition of power from the military to the people.”
Penn arrived in the square shortly after noon with Egyptian actor Khaled El-Nabawy. The two actors toured the iconic landmark before heading to the nearby Egyptian Museum.
The American actor added that he had joined today’s protest in order to show “solidarity with our brave Egyptian brothers; we are here to support their freedom.”
El-Nabawy said he had personally invited Penn to Egypt in hopes of reenergizing the country’s flagging tourism industry, which has struggled to bounce back following the recent revolution. El-Nabawy said that such visits by high-profile personalities would show that Egypt remained a “safe and beautiful country.”
Penn, a two-time Academy Award winner for his roles in ‘Mystic River’ and ‘Milk,’ is also an outspoken critic of US policy in the Middle East.
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Ashraf Ezzat is an Egyptian born in Cairo and based in Alexandria. He graduated from the faculty of Medicine at Alexandria University.
Keen not to be entirely consumed by the medical profession, Dr. Ezzat invests a lot of his time in research and writing. History of the ancient Near East and of Ancient Egypt has long been an area of special interest to him.
In his writings, he approaches ancient history not as some tales from the remote times but as a causative factor in our existing life; and to him, it’s as relevant and vibrant as the current moment.
In his research and writings, Dr. Ezzat is always on a quest trying to find out why the ancient wisdom had been obstructed and ancient spirituality diminished whereas the Judeo-Christian teachings and faith took hold and prospered.
Dr. Ezzat has written extensively in Arabic tackling many issues and topics in the field of Egyptology and comparative religion. He is the author of Egypt knew no Pharaohs nor Israelites.
In 2013 his short The Pyramids: story of creation was screened at many international film festivals in Europe. And he is working now on his first documentary “Egypt knew no Pharaohs nor Israelites”.