Although al-Abwab al-moghlaka and Fiza have different approaches to the depiction of Islamic fundamentalism, they both give a vivid picture of how young Muslims suffer from a system of oppression, humiliation, sexual violence against women, and corruption. Ultimately, the protagonists of both films realize that they were betrayed by their religious leaders. They were told to act—even to kill—in the name of religion. But they have to see that Islam does not sanction acts of terrorism or violence. In both films it is stressed that Islamic fundamentalism is strongly connected to excessive masculinity. Consequently, terrorism is seen as an escalation and exaggeration of masculinity,7 and aggression and violence stem from male members of the Muslim community. Due to the resulting disruption of traditional family values and the destruction of the nuclear family itself, Islamic values like ''Worship none but Allah and be dutiful and good to parents'' cannot be maintained—even in Islamic societies. The doors of open-mindedness and humanity are shut by some radical people, who believe they have solutions for all social and political problems in their countries. In their films, Khalid Mohamed and Atef Hetata issue a plea for reopening these doors and for giving young Muslims a chance for a better future.

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