Cairo and Abu Dhabi-based MAD Solutions has picked up worldwide rights to Hany Fawzy’s Family Secrets, described as Egypt’s first gay-themed film.

The Egyptian censor board recently requested 13 scenes to be cut from the film, an order that was rejected by the film’s director and production company, Al Amal Film Production.

Based on a true story, the film revolves around a young gay man and the struggles he faces with his family and community over the issue of his sexuality.

It marks the feature directorial debut of Fawzy who is best known for scripting several box office hits including Osama Fawzy’s I Love Cinema (Baheb El Cima) and Daoud Abdel Sayed’s Land Of Dreams (Ard El Ahlam).

Scripted by Mohamed Abdel Qader, Family Secrets is the first production by Ihab Khalil’s Al Amal Film Production. The cast includes newcomer Mohamed Mahran, prolific actress Salwa Mohamed Ali, Tarek Soliman, Passant Shawki, Emad Al Raheb and Ahmed Abd El Wahab.

MAD will start sales on the film at the upcoming Dubai Film Market (Dec 8-12).