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Sheikh Jackson

Sheikh Jackson, "Al Sheikh Jackson"

Synopsis

Director

June 25, 2009. Any Michael Jackson fan can tell you where they were on this date, the day the King of Pop died. Director and writer Amr Salama transports us back to that moment through the eyes – and the kaleidoscopic, MTV-inspired dreams – of a young imam (Ahmad Alfishawy), whose devout and devoted life is thrown into chaos by the passing of The Gloved One.

The tabloid event triggers memories of his teen years (rising star Ahmed Malek steps in here) when he worshiped everything Jacko did, from the Thriller-era haircut to the bondage pants from the Bad tour. But MJ’s passing also stirs up emotions around the death of the young cleric’s mother and its aftermath, when his gruff father (Maged El Kedwany) offered little support. With the sheikh’s past increasingly encroaching on the present, he begins to question not just how to moonwalk but what it means to be a man, to have faith, and to be true to oneself.

Amr Salama

(b. Saudi Arabia) has directed four feature films. His film debut „On A Day Like Today“ was acclaimed by both critics and audiences and participated in several international film festivals. The film earned Salama the title „Best New Director in 2008“ by most cinema critics and he was honoured by the Alexandria International Film Festival and named „Star of the Future.“ He co-directed also the famous feature documentary „Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad & The Politician“, which also screened at PÖFF. Director’s fourth feature „Excuse My French“ (2014) has been awarded at more than 20 international film festivals and it was also a massive commercial hit in the Egyptian theatres. The film also screened at PÖFF in 2015.

Filmography

  • Zay el naharda (2008)
  • Tahrir 2011 (PÖFF 2011, doc, co-dir)
  • Asmaa (PÖFF 2011)
  • Sone’a Fee Misr (Made in Egypt, 2014)
  • Excuse My French (2014, PÖFF 2015)
  • Al Sheikh Jackson (Sheikh Jackson, 2017)

Schedule

01.12.2017
21:00 - 22:33
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 151002
Sold out
02.12.2017
15:00 - 16:33
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 161701
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Country: Egypt
Year: 2017
Duration: 93 minutes
Language: Arabic
Director: Amr Salama
Producers: Mohamed Hefzy, Hani Ossama
Writers: Amr Salama, Omar Khaled
DOP: Ahmed Beshary
Montage: Ahmed Hafez
Composer: Hani Adel
Cast: Ahmad Alfishawy, Maged El Kedwany, Ahmed Malek, Amina Khalil
Productions: Film Clinic The Producers, I-Productions
Festivals: Toronto, London

Synopsis

Director

June 25, 2009. Any Michael Jackson fan can tell you where they were on this date, the day the King of Pop died. Director and writer Amr Salama transports us back to that moment through the eyes – and the kaleidoscopic, MTV-inspired dreams – of a young imam (Ahmad Alfishawy), whose devout and devoted life is thrown into chaos by the passing of The Gloved One.

The tabloid event triggers memories of his teen years (rising star Ahmed Malek steps in here) when he worshiped everything Jacko did, from the Thriller-era haircut to the bondage pants from the Bad tour. But MJ’s passing also stirs up emotions around the death of the young cleric’s mother and its aftermath, when his gruff father (Maged El Kedwany) offered little support. With the sheikh’s past increasingly encroaching on the present, he begins to question not just how to moonwalk but what it means to be a man, to have faith, and to be true to oneself.

Amr Salama

(b. Saudi Arabia) has directed four feature films. His film debut „On A Day Like Today“ was acclaimed by both critics and audiences and participated in several international film festivals. The film earned Salama the title „Best New Director in 2008“ by most cinema critics and he was honoured by the Alexandria International Film Festival and named „Star of the Future.“ He co-directed also the famous feature documentary „Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad & The Politician“, which also screened at PÖFF. Director’s fourth feature „Excuse My French“ (2014) has been awarded at more than 20 international film festivals and it was also a massive commercial hit in the Egyptian theatres. The film also screened at PÖFF in 2015.

Filmography

  • Zay el naharda (2008)
  • Tahrir 2011 (PÖFF 2011, doc, co-dir)
  • Asmaa (PÖFF 2011)
  • Sone’a Fee Misr (Made in Egypt, 2014)
  • Excuse My French (2014, PÖFF 2015)
  • Al Sheikh Jackson (Sheikh Jackson, 2017)