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Reports that Hollywood star Angeline Jolie is planning to make a movie about Sudan's history have sparked.

A row with Egypt, and BBC Africa's Mohanad Hashim says it is about much more than who has the biggest pyramids. The latest twist in a long-running feud between Egyptians and Sudanese is over controversial claims that a film is to be made in Sudan to showcase the country's contribution to human civilization. Various media have reported that a Qatari production company would fund the film, which would apparently feature Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Leonardo Di Caprio. It is meant to promote historical tourism in Sudan by narrating the country's ancient Nubian history.Photos of Sheikha Moza's visit to the al-Bajrawyah pyramids, a site that houses several Meroitic pyramids that date from 320 BC - 50 AD, were widely publicised by Qatari-owned Pan-Arab networks. The pictures were widely circulated on social media too.
But across Egypt's TV networks, the visit was ridiculed and criticised.
Qatar's move to invest $135m (£100m) in projects to develop Sudan's archaeological sites is seen by many in Cairo as an attempt to undermine the struggling tourism sector in Egypt and part of ongoing efforts by the Gulf emirate to discredit Egypt and its leadership.
Pyramid size matters?
Reacting to the pictures of the princess by the Sudanese pyramids, Azmi Mujahid, a talk-show host on Egyptian Al-Assema TV mocked the Sudanese pyramids.
"All the world's stars have had their pictures taken by the [Giza] Pyramid but Sheikha Moza had a picture next to two [cheese triangles] in Sudan," he said.
The barrage of ridicule aimed at the size of the Sudanese pyramids made the Sudanese minister of information weigh in.
Ahmed Osman said: "Sudan's pyramids were older than Egypt's by 2,000 years", a claim disputed by archaeologists.
Other Sudanese were quick to point out that their country has a much larger collection of pyramids - 230 in total.
Egyptians vexed: Sudan the 'mother of the world'
Egyptians have always prided themselves in claiming that "Egypt is the mother of the world".
Any visitor to Egypt would recognize the claim made and perpetuated by the official and popular narrative that Egypt is a "7,000-year-old civilization".
This is why a hand-written note written by the Qatari princess that Sudan was the "mother of the world" fell foul of Egyptian commentators and social media users.
Ketchup ban
This war of words between the two neighbours shows increasing tension over conflicting positions on issues such as:
    the Nile waters
    the chaos in Libya, which borders both countries
    ties with Arab Gulf states
    Sudan's links with Islamists
Recently, President Omar al-Bashir accused Egypt of "stabbing his country in the back when it occupied" Sudanese territory in the mid-1990s.


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