"Arab cinema is trying to liberate itself," he told reporters. "It is trying to break censorship taboos and social taboos. Because this is the only way you can make movies.
"You don't want to go watch a film where you feel the film itself is a prison. You want to feel the filmmaker is liberated and thus liberating you too."
Associated Press Writer Hilary Fox contributed to this report.
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