Irish Film Institute -DAFF 2018: Sheikh Jackson

DAFF 2018: Sheikh Jackson

Director: Amr Salama

93 mins, 2017, Egypt, Digital, Subtitled

This film screened 6th Ocotber 2018.

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.

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