Sheikh Jackson

6 October 2018
Date : 6 / Oct / 2018
Time : 14:00

Sheikh Jackson

Irish Film Institute

Directed by Amr Salama

93 mins | 2017 | Egypt | Digital | Subtitled

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 on 25th 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.

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