DAFF 2018: Sheikh Jackson

Amr Salama

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Khaled (Ahmed El-Fishawy) is a respected junior cleric in Alexandria whose seemingly stable life becomes derailed by the news of Michael Jackson’s death in June 2009. Succumbing to long-suppressed feelings of turmoil and anxiety, he begins neglecting his wife and child and slipping up while leading prayers at his mosque. Flashbacks to his teenage years – when he was nicknamed ‘Jackson’ on account of love for the King of Pop – explore the causes for his present unravelling which has much to do with his fraught relationship with his gym-owning, former-bodybuilder father, who cannot comprehend his son’s obsession with the superstar singer.

This film is screening as part of the Dublin Arabic Film Festival 2018.

93 mins, 2017, Egypt, Digital, Subtitled

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