They drop the victim below ground level, take her through a tunnel to the Pharaonic burial chamber, and then look around to see Pharaonic mummies and skeletons. In this remote cemetery in the middle of the desert, the victim begins to feel suspicious and fearful in the dark and damp place, then they enter it through a narrow and low door to the burial chamber, then the stone door suddenly closes and the victim remains alone in the room that resembles the grave, but it is literally the grave.
A moment and a bat begins to fly around the victim, a woman or a man, and soon a cobra snake enters from a hole in the wall, so that the victim begins to scream and panic takes over, so he curses and curses at his best, and among the victims are those who cried with burning.
But the joy of discovering the mold did not spare the actor Ahmed Badir from the pain that made him place his hand on his chest towards the heart, forcing him to lie on his back to recover his breath like a knockout.
Torture parties … a sadism that imposes itself on the Arab public
Perhaps those who read the first lines thought that we were talking about a horror movie, or about a rite of torture that sadistic patients apply to their victims outside the framework of the law, like stories we have read about in history, so what is missing here to complete the scene is that blood is shed or organs are amputated.
Although this does not happen, the question remains open: Will the victims escape from the same horror while they feel that their lives are on the brink of the end? what happens?
Hidden camera programs in our Arab world and their current forms have been causing widespread controversy for years, after they occupied a large space on television broadcasting channels, and imposed themselves also as a Ramadan media event, like any upcoming television series, supported by large production and sophisticated techniques that seem out of the ordinary in some The times.
But before we proceed, let’s ask a little more about the essence of the hidden camera and try to determine its identity.
Artist Fouad Al-Mohandes was preparing one of the hidden camera programs in the 1980s
The daughter of technology .. fine art, giggle and cry
A hidden camera is similar to a game or a prank that a group conducts on a person, but what distinguishes it from the ordinary prank is the presence of a broad, neutral audience, or more precisely, it is free to take a middle position between the feeling of the victim and the feeling of the executioner, or take a position next to one of them, and from here The viewer, in turn, may become involved in the feelings of sadism referred to above, or on the contrary, he may drift in his feelings to the location of the victim, and be seized by masochistic feelings (the opposite of sadism), which is the weakest possibility in any case, for the viewer to know in advance the secret of the game.
The hidden camera is the daughter of technology, especially the camera and television to be more precise, and it was used in the beginning in the West to uncover abuses and corruption in society and its institutions and bodies, meaning that it has a function or feature of disclosure as well, but this is the dominant feature.
And then it entered the entertainment and television industry, and its forms, types, and lengths varied, between those genres that end within seconds, or that take an entire television episode.
The hidden camera may rise to the level of art sometimes, and you may laugh from the depths and may also cry if the victim surprises us – for example – with an effective or unexpected human response.
What concerns us here is the feature of disclosure, which represents the essence of the hidden camera, the disclosure whose goal has become the ordinary or famous person, but also disclosure in the broad sense of the word, it may reveal the state of society, and it may reveal itself and the state of those responsible for it, as we alluded to in the introduction to the article, but all of this depends on Our reading of it, that is, on the role of the recipient/viewer and his attitude towards it.
Fouad Al-Muhandis … an intruder who eats a simple citizen’s meal
In one of the famous Egyptian hidden camera episodes prepared and planned by the artist Fouad Al-Mohandes in the eighties, we fall on one of the smart and expressive ideas that go beyond direct detection, where a customer sits at a table in a restaurant with a meal in front of him, then sits next to him, the outlet of the plot and in front of him his meal also Then, the fake customer starts eating the customer’s real food.
Here we see multiple reactions according to the nature of the customer who passes under the eye of the hidden camera, and we notice – as Fouad Al-Mohandes notes – that the common denominator in the reactions is to allow the fake customer to eat, as no customer reacted angry, or prevented the intruder from eating what was in His plate, and there were even those who joked and followed his game by starting to eat from the plate of his neighbor, the fake customer.
Fouad Al-Muhandis expresses it with its meaning: This indicates the kind nature of our people, but there are those who might read about that as an indication of the ease with which this people give up their rights.
For example, we can imagine if this prejudice was carried out in another country and another civilization, such as Germany, for example, or America, what are the reactions that we could see in this case?
Rather, we should not go far and imagine if it was implemented now in the same place in Egypt, but after forty years of Fouad Al-Mohandes’ experience, will customers act in a different way? Therefore, will we read from this that the nature of the Egyptian people has changed? From this example we notice the special importance of the hidden camera, which intersects with the importance of the cinematic documentary act itself, due to its special and real relationship with reality.