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Netflix's Queen Cleopatra documentary sparks backlash in Egypt

Ahram Online , Sunday 16 Apr 2023

The trailer for Netflix's upcoming historical documentary series, Queen Cleopatra, has sparked controversy among many Egyptians who believe it promotes "false Afrocentric ideas."

Adele James as Cleopatra
Adele James as Cleopatra in Netflix s Queen Cleopatra trailer

The trailer drew controversy after it was released online on Wednesday.

Many commentators have called on the leading streaming platform to cancel the show and some have launched an official petitions and are collecting signatures opposing.

Local news websites have quoted Egyptologists who insist that Cleopatra was Greek, including former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass, who described the documentary's ideas as "falsifying facts."

The topic is still trending on social media, with angry commentators, including actors like Nabil El-Halfawy and Somaya El-Khashab, as well as other well-known influencers and celebrities.

The four-episode documentary, which is scheduled to premiere on 10 May, is produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and features black actress Adele James as Cleopatra.

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