The information super highway gifts us with some beautiful, engaging content, as it does, in the form of a 15-minute YouTube video. “Libido” is a skit that openly talks about closed doors, and questions what’s been granted unanswered.
Regardless of the values and norms, sex is a crucial topic that should at least be talked about, debated, and – God forbid – practiced. In Egypt, we’ve taken such a strong stance against sex as a concept over the years, to the extent of frowning upon the slightest mention of it, even when within perfectly legal and socially acceptable grounds.
And the implications are massive: From sexual harassment, to public-but-secret display of affection, sexual repression and deprivation, marriage issues and divorces, and beyond; avoiding the talk can only be counterproductive. While “Libido” does not take the role of the teacher, and hence side-stepping the common spoon-feeding trap Egyptians filmmakers tend to fall for, it does in fact bring the issues to the table, and make a basic connection between the various topics, encouraging debate.
There’s always risk involved, of course, but it’s much more so for the female participants, of obvious reasons (read: There’s no sexism in Egypt). Perhaps a veiled young lady would’ve added more depth to the perspective, but this is a ‘short’, so we’ll let it slide.
Revolutions happen when avant-gardists explore new territory, or take a bigger step in a direction society is hesitant to recognize. “Libido” is not the first film to deal with sex like a non-controversial subject, but it’s definitely a good push, a catalyst to speed up the process of solving core issues deep within a society longing for change. And just like you cannot have freedom without social justice, there can be no happiness without sex.