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WORLD VIEW

Sheikh Jackson

AMR SALAMA
Egypt, 2017
93 minutes, Color
Official website

With gentle, quirky humor, Egypt's official entry in the Oscars© looks at a conservative young cleric, Khaled (Ahmad Alfishawy), and what happens when he begins to examine how he got to this respected but joyless place in life. Suddenly, nothing is sacred. The unlikely catalyst for his psychological dissection is the death of his childhood pop hero and eponym, Michael Jackson. Yes, the Michael Jackson (who appears in the magic-realism of the film's conceit played by MJ impersonator Carlo Riley). Khaled has had three role models in life: his father, sunk in debauchery following his wife's death; a genuinely devout uncle, who brought him into the clerical life in Alexandria; and, well, Jackson, who straddled all the defining contradictions: male/female, black/white, East/West. The film somehow has sympathy for all of these men while allowing that, in the end, manhood cannot be passed down wholesale in any form.—Judy Bloch

In Arabic with English subtitles

WORLD VIEW

Sheikh Jackson

AMR SALAMA
Egypt, 2017
93 minutes, Color
Official website

With gentle, quirky humor, Egypt's official entry in the Oscars© looks at a conservative young cleric, Khaled (Ahmad Alfishawy), and what happens when he begins to examine how he got to this respected but joyless place in life. Suddenly, nothing is sacred. The unlikely catalyst for his psychological dissection is the death of his childhood pop hero and eponym, Michael Jackson. Yes, the Michael Jackson (who appears in the magic-realism of the film's conceit played by MJ impersonator Carlo Riley). Khaled has had three role models in life: his father, sunk in debauchery following his wife's death; a genuinely devout uncle, who brought him into the clerical life in Alexandria; and, well, Jackson, who straddled all the defining contradictions: male/female, black/white, East/West. The film somehow has sympathy for all of these men while allowing that, in the end, manhood cannot be passed down wholesale in any form.—Judy Bloch

In Arabic with English subtitles


Monday, April 23
6:00 PM
Wednesday, April 25
8:00 PM

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